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hubris

[hyoo-bris, hoo-]
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noun
  1. excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
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Also hybris.
Compare sophrosyne.

Origin of hubris

First recorded in 1880–85, hubris is from the Greek word hýbris insolence
Related formshu·bris·tic, adjectivenon·hu·bris·tic, adjectiveun·hu·bris·tic, adjective
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hubris

hybris

noun
  1. pride or arrogance
  2. (in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc, ultimately causing the transgressor's ruin
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Derived Formshubristic or hybristic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Greek
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Word Origin and History for hubristic

adj.

also hybristic, 1831, from Greek hybristikos "given to wantonness, insolent," from hybrizein, related to hybris (see hubris).

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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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