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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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  • Thinking that humans can manipulate nature in this way seems hubristic.
  • Success, whether real or contrived, makes researchers hubristic and untouchable.
  • In retrospect, it was a sort of hubristic moment in the economics profession.
  • He has a soft, thin voice, a beard and an academic mien occasionally broken by ecstatic flights of hubristic exaggeration.
  • Modifying the weather may seem a hubristic exercise.
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  • The hubristic notion that regulators stand between investors and chaos, that is simply untrue.
  • Otherwise, it will be seen as hubristic, with a strong prospect of counterproductive ramifications.
  • Americans are so addicted to techno-surfing that they've gotten hubristic about how many machines they can juggle simultaneously.
British Dictionary definitions for hubristic


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 hubristic

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