overwhelmingness

overwhelming

[oh-ver-hwel-ming, -wel-]
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:
1565–75; overwhelm + -ing2

overwhelmingly, adverb
overwhelmingness, noun
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overwhelming (ˌəʊvəˈwɛlmɪŋ)
 
adj
overpowering in effect, number, or force
 
over'whelmingly
 
adv

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overwhelm
early 14c., "to turn upside down, to overthrow," from over + M.E. whelmen "to turn upside down" (see whelm). Meaning "to submerge completely" is mid-15c. Perhaps the connecting notion is a boat, etc., washed over, and overset, by a big wave. Figurative sense of "to bring to
ruin" is attested from 1520s. Related: Overwhelming; overwhelmingly.
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