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overweening

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1 having too high an opinion of oneself
  • a director who has little patience for overweening actors who think they are above taking advice and criticism

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2 going beyond a normal or acceptable limit in degree or amount
  • overweening desire for wealth and fame

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3 having a feeling of superiority that shows itself in an overbearing attitude
  • an overweening administrator who simply doesn't know how to manage people

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4 extended beyond normal or realistic bounds
  • an overweening national pride that prompted its citizens to denigrate other countries

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“Overweening.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/overweening. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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