[ 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 forms

hu·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 hubristic



/ (ˈhjuːbrɪs) /


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

Derived Forms

hubristic or hybristic, adjective

Word Origin for hubris

C19: from Greek
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