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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
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  • The political literature of the time is overwhelmingly against William.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • He was overwhelmingly elated, but would have died rather than show it.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
  • I was surprised enough when you told me you could see us but not overwhelmingly so.

    Houlihan's Equation Walt Sheldon
  • Henceforth the chances of victory were overwhelmingly on the side of the employers.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • The forces of Pompey were overwhelmingly superior in numbers.

British Dictionary definitions for overwhelmingly


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