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Examples of hubris in a Sentence
- When conceived it was a project of almost unimaginable boldness and foolhardiness, requiring great bravura, risking great hubris. —Simon Winchester, The Professor and the Madman, 1998
- If you were born Somewhere, hubris would come easy. But if you are Nowhere's child, hubris is an import, pride a thing you decide to acquire. —Sarah Vowell, GQ, May 1998
- … our belief in democracy regardless of local conditions amounts to cultural hubris. —Robert D. Kaplan, Atlantic, December 1997
His failure was brought on by his hubris.
Recent Examples of hubris from the Web
But for all its stylistic renovation, this new version is propelled by the same uncomplicated logic: Bright visions of science are prone to going dark, and hubris always yields punishment.
The site stands as a monument to the havoc wreaked by hubris, obfuscation, and paranoia, all three elements magnifying the literal and figurative fallout from the accident.
As any student of Greek tragedy can attest, a hero’s demise, even when orchestrated by his enemies, is intrinsically the result of the protagonist’s own hubris.
His inflexibility during the former and myopia in the latter were astonishing for a man of Arena’s experience and perhaps can be explained only as the product of hubris.
Clearly humanity is guilty of hubris yet again and this plan will backfire, right?
Their hubris is straight out of Victor Frankenstein’s playbook.
That hubris finally caught up to them against Trinidad and Tobago, keeping them out of the world tournament for the first time in 32 years.
In North Vietnam, Le Duan — not Ho Chi Minh — was the real power and one whose hubris was costly.
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hubris Comes From Ancient Greece
English picked up both the concept of hubris and the term for that particular brand of cockiness from the ancient Greeks, who considered hubris a dangerous character flaw capable of provoking the wrath of the gods. In classical Greek tragedy, hubris was often a fatal shortcoming that brought about the fall of the tragic hero. Typically, overconfidence led the hero to attempt to overstep the boundaries of human limitations and assume a godlike status, and the gods inevitably humbled the offender with a sharp reminder of his or her mortality.
Did You Know?
To the Greeks, hubris referred to extreme pride, especially pride and ambition so great that they offend the gods and lead to one's downfall. Hubris was a character flaw often seen in the heroes of classical Greek tragedy, including Oedipus and Achilles. The familiar old saying "Pride goeth before a fall" is basically talking about hubris.
Origin and Etymology of hubris
First Known Use: 1884See Words from the same year
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