- excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
Origin of hubris
Related Words for hubrispretension, audacity, chutzpah, vanity, cockiness, presumption, nerve, cheek, ostentation, pretentiousness, airs, pomposity, brass, insolence, loftiness, disdain, conceitedness, contemptuousness
Examples from the Web for hubris
Contemporary Examples of hubris
He won re-election twice as governor of New York, and had the hubris to run for a fourth term before being defeated in 1994.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82
January 2, 2015
What were his weaknesses as a military commander: was it hubris?Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
The hubris of that position did so much to create and compound these problems.Is It Just Me or Is the World Exploding? So Why Isn’t Obama Doing More?
July 28, 2014
Can Clinton help find the elusive middle ground in American foreign policy between the hubris of Bush and the reluctance of Obama?What Drives Clinton? Not What You Think
June 9, 2014
Downes disparages this as hubris, “man too big for his boots.”Rackstraw Downes’s Art and Essays Are Two Sides of the Same Genius
June 4, 2014
Historical Examples of hubris
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.Five Stages of Greek Religion
Every year He waxes too strong and commits "Hubris," and such sin has its proper punishment.Euripedes and His Age
- pride or arrogance
- (in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc, ultimately causing the transgressor's ruin
Word Origin for hubris
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.