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Definition of "overweening" []

  • Presumptuously arrogant; overbearing: had a witty but overweening manner about him. (adjective)
  • Excessive; immoderate: overweening ambition. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "overweening" in a sentence
  • "His stolid instinctive conservatism grovels before the tyrant rule of routine, despite that turbulent and licentious independence which ever suggests revolt against the ruler: his mental torpidity, founded upon physical indolence, renders immediate action and all manner of exertion distasteful: his conscious weakness shows itself in overweening arrogance and intolerance."
  • "She had offered him all the sacrifices that he did not want, and she stood before him in overweening confidence that she ran no other risks than those she had foreseen."
  • "Another extraordinary characteristic of the book is its combination of supreme humility with what the enemy might describe as overweening arrogance."