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overbearing

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of overbearing

  1. 1 coming before all others in importance the overbearing problem in our nation's schools Synonyms of overbearing arch, big, capital, cardinal, central, chief, dominant, first, grand, great, greatest, highest, key, leading, main, master, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, foremost, overmastering, overriding, paramount, predominant, preeminent, premier, primal, primary, principal, prior, sovereign (also sovran), supremeWords Related to overbearing distinguished, eminent, illustrious, noble, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, prestigious, signal, star, stellar, superior; high-level, senior, top; important, influential, major, mighty, momentous, significant; incomparable, matchless, unequaled (or unequalled), unparalleled, unsurpassed; celebrated, famed, famous, renownedNear Antonyms of overbearing inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, minor, negligible, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant; collateral, inferior, secondary, subordinate, subsidiaryAntonyms of overbearing last, least

  2. 2 fond of ordering people around the doctor's overbearing attitude is resented by nurses and patients alike Synonyms of overbearing authoritarian, authoritative, autocratic (also autocratical), despotic, dictatorial, domineering, imperious, masterful, bossy, peremptory, tyrannical (also tyrannic), tyrannousWords Related to overbearing arrogant, assumptive, disdainful, fastuous, haughty, highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-and-mighty, high-hat, huffy, important, lofty, lordly, overweening, presuming, presumptuous, pretentious, proud, self-asserting, supercilious, superior, toplofty (also toploftical), uppish, uppity; commanding, controlling, dictating, regimental; arbitrary, high-handed, imperial; directorial, magisterial; aggressive, assertive, self-assertive; imperative; conceited, narcissistic, pompous, vain; all-powerful, almighty, omnipotent; firm, sternNear Antonyms of overbearing humble, meek, modest, unassuming; amenable, docile, obedient, tractable; indecisive, irresolute; acquiescent, compliant, passive, resigned, submissive, yielding

Synonym Discussion of overbearing

proud, arrogant, haughty, lordly, insolent, overbearing, supercilious, disdainful mean showing scorn for inferiors. proud may suggest an assumed superiority or loftiness.
    • too proud to take charity
arrogant implies a claiming for oneself of more consideration or importance than is warranted.
    • a conceited and arrogant executive
haughty suggests a consciousness of superior birth or position.
    • a haughty aristocrat
lordly implies pomposity or an arrogant display of power.
    • a lordly condescension
insolent implies contemptuous haughtiness.
    • ignored by an insolent waiter
overbearing suggests a tyrannical manner or an intolerable insolence.
    • an overbearing supervisor
supercilious implies a cool, patronizing haughtiness.
    • an aloof and supercilious manner
disdainful suggests a more active and openly scornful superciliousness.
    • disdainful of their social inferiors


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