[hyoo-bris, hoo-]


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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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.

  • Every year He waxes too strong and commits "Hubris," and such sin has its proper punishment.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray

British Dictionary definitions for hubris




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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper