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hubris

[hyoo-bris, hoo-] /ˈhyu brɪs, ˈhu-/
noun
1.
excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
Also, hybris.
Compare sophrosyne.
Origin of hubris
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85, hubris is from the Greek word hýbris insolence
Related forms
hubristic, adjective
nonhubristic, adjective
unhubristic, adjective
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  • Her hubris was in part, at all events, the result of ignorance.

    Before the War

    Viscount Richard Burton Haldane
  • Each Year arrives, waxes great, commits the sin of hubris, and then is slain.

  • Every year He waxes too strong and commits "hubris," and such sin has its proper punishment.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray
British Dictionary definitions for hubris

hubris

/ˈhjuːbrɪs/
noun
1.
pride or arrogance
2.
(in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc, ultimately causing the transgressor's ruin
Derived Forms
hubristic, hybristic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek
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Word Origin and History for hubris
n.

also hybris, 1884, a back-formation from hubristic or else from Greek hybris "wanton violence, insolence, outrage," originally "presumption toward the gods;" the first element probably PIE *ud- "up, out," but the meaning of the second is debated.

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