Overwhelms

overwhelm

[oh-ver-hwelm, -welm]
verb (used with object)
1.
to overcome completely in mind or feeling: overwhelmed by remorse.
2.
to overpower or overcome, especially with superior forces; destroy; crush: Roman troops were overwhelmed by barbarians.
3.
to cover or bury beneath a mass of something, as floodwaters, debris, or an avalanche; submerge: Lava from erupting Vesuvius overwhelmed the city of Pompeii.
4.
to load, heap, treat, or address with an overpowering or excessive amount of anything: a child overwhelmed with presents; to overwhelm someone with questions.
5.
to overthrow.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see over-, whelm

unoverwhelmed, adjective
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overwhelm (ˌəʊvəˈwɛlm)
 
vb
1.  to overpower the thoughts, emotions, or senses of
2.  to overcome with irresistible force
3.  to overcome, as with a profusion or concentration of something
4.  to cover over or bury completely
5.  to weigh or rest upon overpoweringly
6.  archaic to overturn

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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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