[ hyoo-bris, hoo- ]
/ ˈhyu brɪs, ˈhu- /


excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hubris



/ (ˈhjuːbrɪs) /


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

Word Origin for hubris

C19: from Greek
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Word Origin and History 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.

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