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Monday, March 26, 2001

Definitions for overweening

  1. Overbearing; arrogant; presumptuous.
  2. Excessive; immoderate; exaggerated.

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Citations for overweening
In a story as old as the Greeks, overweening pride brought condign disaster. David Frum, How We Got Here
She was warring with her children, having pushed them away with her overweening possessiveness. James Fox, Five Sisters
Origin of overweening
1300-1350
Overweening is from Middle English overwening, present participle of overwenen, "to be arrogant," from over + wenen "to ween," from Old English wenan.
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