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[oh-ver-hwel-ming, -wel-] /ˌoʊ vərˈʰwɛl mɪŋ, -ˈwɛl-/
that overwhelms; overpowering:
The temptation to despair may become overwhelming.
so great as to render resistance or opposition useless:
an overwhelming majority.
Origin of overwhelming
First recorded in 1565-75; overwhelm + -ing2
Related forms
overwhelmingly, adverb
overwhelmingness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The fact alleged, then, is miraculous and important, and the evidence in proof of such a fact should be overwhelmingly strong.

    God and my Neighbour Robert Blatchford
  • The political literature of the time is overwhelmingly against William.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • Tying the intellectual aspects onto the framework of competitive sports was a little more difficult, but not overwhelmingly so.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Perhaps it is because it is so rarely seen that it is so overwhelmingly attractive.

    Too Old for Dolls Anthony Mario Ludovici
  • The truth of the last two of these representations will be overwhelmingly evident from the chart on the next page.

    Communism and Christianism William Montgomery Brown
British Dictionary definitions for overwhelmingly


overpowering in effect, number, or force
Derived Forms
overwhelmingly, adverb
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