- that overpowers; overwhelming: an overpowering conviction of the truth.
Origin of overpowering
- to overcome, master, or subdue by superior force: to overpower a maniac.
- to overcome or overwhelm in feeling; affect or impress excessively: overpowered with confusion and desire.
- to gain mastery over the bodily powers or mental faculties of: a strong drink that quickly overpowered him.
- to furnish or equip with excessive power: a giant motor that overpowered the pump.
Origin of overpower
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1. vanquish, subjugate, conquer, defeat, beat.
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To hate him would be hating an overpowering force, like heat, or electricity.It Happened in Egypt
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A cold rage of nervousness beset her, so overpowering that she herself was amazed at it.Tiverton Tales
He was altogether splendid, massive, overpowering, and impracticable.Little Dorrit
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- so strong or intense as to be unbearable
- so powerful as to crush or conquer
- to conquer or subdue by superior force
- to have such a strong effect on as to make helpless or ineffective
- to supply with more power than necessary
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Word Origin and History for overpowering
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