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overpowering

[oh-ver-pou-er-ing] /ˌoʊ vərˈpaʊ ər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
that overpowers; overwhelming:
an overpowering conviction of the truth.
Origin of overpowering
1690-1700
1690-1700; overpower + -ing2
Related forms
overpoweringly, adverb
overpoweringness, noun

overpower

[oh-ver-pou-er] /ˌoʊ vərˈpaʊ ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to overcome, master, or subdue by superior force:
to overpower a maniac.
2.
to overcome or overwhelm in feeling; affect or impress excessively:
overpowered with confusion and desire.
3.
to gain mastery over the bodily powers or mental faculties of:
a strong drink that quickly overpowered him.
4.
to furnish or equip with excessive power:
a giant motor that overpowered the pump.
Origin
1585-95; over- + power
Related forms
unoverpowered, adjective
Synonyms
1. vanquish, subjugate, conquer, defeat, beat.
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  • He took out his flask, now so dim, hoping to quench the terrible thirst that was overpowering him; but alas!

    That Little Beggar E. King Hall
  • To hate him would be hating an overpowering force, like heat, or electricity.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • For some days the heat was overpowering, and the atmosphere, saturated with electricity, was only cleared by violent storms.

    The Secret of the Island W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
  • He was altogether splendid, massive, overpowering, and impracticable.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • She saw himshe beheld him: and her speed was checked in an instant with the overpowering emotion of wonder and delight.

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf George W. M. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for overpowering

overpowering

/ˌəʊvəˈpaʊərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
so strong or intense as to be unbearable
2.
so powerful as to crush or conquer
Derived Forms
overpoweringly, adverb

overpower

/ˌəʊvəˈpaʊə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to conquer or subdue by superior force
2.
to have such a strong effect on as to make helpless or ineffective
3.
to supply with more power than necessary
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Word Origin and History for overpowering

overpower

v.

"to overcome with superior power," 1590s, from over- + power (v.). Related: Overpowered; overpowering.

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