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[hyoo-bris, hoo-] /ˈhyu brɪs, ˈhu-/
excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
Also, hybris.
Compare sophrosyne.
Origin of hubris
1880-85; < Greek hýbris insolence
Related forms
hubristic, adjective
nonhubristic, adjective
unhubristic, adjective Unabridged
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  • It doesn't really matter whether it's due to greed, hubris, arrogance or plain old corruption from the ground up.
  • We know the result of the coach's hubris and arrogance, but we wonder about his motives.
  • Already some media outlets are blasting the director, whom they say has fallen prey to hubris.
  • If it leads to arrogance and hubris then it is a bad thing.
  • The book's theme is that success leads to hubris.
  • One wonders if the kid's outrage stems from his perfect grades and his top-flight degree as much as generational hubris.
  • Not all tragic heroes are undone by hubris.
  • As so often in history, greatness led to hubris, and hubris to catastrophe.
  • Let go of your hubris a second and think about it.
  • For another, any network that has the hubris to put our name in the title needs to do better than this.
British Dictionary definitions for hubris


pride or arrogance
(in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc, ultimately causing the transgressor's ruin
Derived Forms
hubristic, hybristic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek
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Word Origin and History for hubris

also hybris, 1884, a back-formation from hubristic or else from Greek hybris "wanton violence, insolence, outrage," originally "presumption toward the gods;" the first element probably PIE *ud- "up, out," but the meaning of the second is debated.

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