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overbearing

[oh-ver-bair-ing] /ˌoʊ vərˈbɛər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
domineering; dictatorial; haughtily or rudely arrogant.
2.
of overwhelming or critical importance.
Origin of overbearing
1590-1600
1590-1600; overbear + -ing2
Related forms
overbearingly, adverb
overbearingness, noun

overbear

[oh-ver-bair] /ˌoʊ vərˈbɛər/
verb (used with object), overbore, overborne, overbearing.
1.
to bear over or down by weight or force:
With his superior strength he easily overbore his opponent in the fight.
2.
to overcome or overwhelm:
A spirited defense had overborne the enemy attack.
3.
to prevail over or overrule (wishes, objections, etc.):
She overbore all objections to the new plan.
4.
to treat in a domineering way; dominate:
to overbear one's children with threats of violence.
5.
Nautical. (of a sailing ship) to have the advantage of (another sailing ship) because of an ability to carry more canvas safely.
verb (used without object), overbore, overborne, overbearing.
6.
to produce fruit or progeny so abundantly as to impair the health.
Origin
1525-35; over- + bear1
Related forms
overbearer, noun
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  • He had lost somewhat of his assurance, his pride and overbearing haughtiness.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • That was because he found his overbearing tactics did not work.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • He turned into a restaurant, and in a masterful and overbearing way ordered his dinner.

    The Colossus Opie Read
  • It was not worth while having a row with men who were so overbearing.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • He was brutal and overbearing with the workmen, but humble in the presence of his superiors.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
British Dictionary definitions for overbearing

overbearing

/ˌəʊvəˈbɛərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
domineering or dictatorial in manner or action
2.
of particular or overriding importance or significance
Derived Forms
overbearingly, adverb

overbear

/ˌəʊvəˈbɛə/
verb -bears, -bearing, -bore, -borne
1.
(transitive) to dominate or overcome: to overbear objections
2.
(transitive) to press or bear down with weight or physical force
3.
to produce or bear (fruit, progeny, etc) excessively
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Word Origin and History for overbearing
adj.

figurative present participle adjective from overbear (v.) in its sense "to bear down."

overbear

v.

late 14c., "to carry over," from over- + bear (v.). Meaning "to bear down by weight of physical force" is from 1535 (in Coverdale), originally nautical, of an overwhelming wind; figurative sense of "to overcome and repress by power, authority, etc." is from 1560s.

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