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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
Even some Democrats echo that point, warning their party against hubris.
The naivete that stems from a mix of inexperience and hubris once again hobbled him here.
Lena may be a Luthor and an intelligent scientist in her own right but one person is not enough to take on a problem that already was too much for Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), and Lena's hubris may be her downfall in the coming episodes.
But hubris seemed to get the better of this team again.
Ultimately, Leos' own hubris is the greatest threat to their happiness.
Their successors, susceptible to hubris and faced with new tensions and new technology, are increasing the chances that nuclear weapons will spread and that someone, somewhere will miscalculate.
Any conversation about the philosophical implications of the strange case of Rachel Dolezal were quickly eclipsed by outrage over her incredible hubris.
There were always funny moments in the show, usually centered around the hubris of Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman), the park’s head of narrative.
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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.
HUBRIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hubris for English Language Learners
: a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence
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