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overwhelming

[oh-ver-hwel-ming, -wel-] /ˌoʊ vərˈʰwɛl mɪŋ, -ˈwɛl-/
adjective
1.
that overwhelms; overpowering:
The temptation to despair may become overwhelming.
2.
so great as to render resistance or opposition useless:
an overwhelming majority.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; overwhelm + -ing2
Related forms
overwhelmingly, adverb
overwhelmingness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overwhelmingness

overwhelming

/ˌəʊvəˈwɛlmɪŋ/
adjective
1.
overpowering in effect, number, or force
Derived Forms
overwhelmingly, adverb
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