Origin of overconfident

First recorded in 1610–20; over- + confident
Related formso·ver·con·fi·dence, nouno·ver·con·fi·dent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for overconfident

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Historical Examples of overconfidence

  • But that gentleman spoiled it all by his own overconfidence.


    Edward Eggleston

  • Neglect of this or overconfidence has caused many disasters.

    Nautical Charts

    G. R. Putnam

  • It may be the function of Contingency to correct the overconfidence of the evolutionist.

    The Ifs of History

    Joseph Edgar Chamberlin

  • Confidence is a necessary thing in billiards, but overconfidence is bad.

  • Nettled, and alarmed at what appeared to be their overconfidence, Gaylor objected warmly.


    Richard Harding Davis

British Dictionary definitions for overconfidence



excessively confident
Derived Formsoverconfidence, noun
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