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Examples of overweening in a Sentence
a director who has little patience for overweening actors who think they are above taking advice and criticism
overweening desire for wealth and fame
Recent Examples of overweening from the Web
Its weakness is in its overweening trust of the photograph as a faithful reporter.
That does not just mean the overweening clout of the tech titan or the oil baron.
Where Chappaquiddick succeeds is in showing the overweening nature of the Kennedy myth—no one is more sick of the Kennedys than Ted, who longs to escape his fate.
What is remarkable about these pieces isn’t their bravery in the face of an overweening majority.
And there was, of course, the overweening cruelty that was his hallmark: mocking people with disabilities, taunting his opponents, ridiculing a Gold Star mom.
Where Reagan channeled disenchantment with overweening government, Obama symbolized America’s transformation into a multiracial country.
There is no answer to the overweening question of why the disaster happened.
The country is subject to constant cycles of political instability and the overweening influence of a forever-meddling military.
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Did You Know?
The overweening conceit which the greater part of men have of their own abilities is an ancient evil remarked by the philosophers and moralists of all ages. So wrote Adam Smith in his The Wealth of Nations. But while overweening conceit might be an age-old evil, the word overweening has only been part of English since the 14th century. It developed from the Middle English overwening, the present participle of the verb overwenen, which meant "to be arrogant." That term derived in turn from wenen, which meant "to think" or "to imagine." Today, the adjective overweening is the most widely used of the wenen descendants, but historical texts also occasionally include overween, a term for thinking too highly of your own opinion.
arrogant, bumptious, cavalier, chesty, haughty, high-and-mighty, high-handed, high-hat, highfalutin (also hifalutin), huffish, huffy, imperious, important, lofty, lordly, masterful, peremptory, pompous, presuming, presumptuous, pretentious, self-asserting, self-assertive, sniffy, supercilious, superior, uppish, uppity;
complacent, conceited, egocentric, egoistic (also egoistical), egotistic (or egotistical), narcissistic, prideful, proud, self-affected, self-applauding, self-centered, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-pleased, self-satisfied, smug, stuck-up;
OVERWEENING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of overweening for English Language Learners
: too confident or proud
: too great : excessive and unpleasant
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