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hubris

[hyoo-bris, hoo-] /ˈhyu brɪs, ˈhu-/
noun
1.
excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
Also, hybris.
Compare sophrosyne.
Origin of hubris
1880-1885
1880-85; < Greek hýbris insolence
Related forms
hubristic, adjective
nonhubristic, adjective
unhubristic, adjective
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  • Thinking that humans can manipulate nature in this way seems hubristic.
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  • Modifying the weather may seem a hubristic exercise.
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British Dictionary definitions for hubristic

hubris

/ˈhjuːbrɪs/
noun
1.
pride or arrogance
2.
(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 hubristic
adj.

also hybristic, 1831, from Greek hybristikos "given to wantonness, insolent," from hybrizein, related to hybris (see hubris).

hubris

n.

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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