Definition for overweening (2 of 2)
verb (used without object) Archaic.
Examples from the Web for overweening
Their successes filled the Matabili with an overweening confidence in their power.Impressions of South Africa|James Bryce
The fundamental element in the child's character is an overweening vanity coupled with an excessive orderliness.Tics and Their Treatment|Henry Meigne
In their overweening pride and self-confidence, they look with disdain upon the requirements of God.Wit and Humor of the Bible|Marion D. Shutter
Otho Orseolo, who succeeded his father in 1008, by overweening ambition, drew on himself the ill-will of the people.Venice and its Story|Thomas Okey
An overweening sense of the passion and importance of life hardly conduces to simplicity of manner.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition|Robert Louis Stevenson
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Word Origin for overweening
Word Origin and History for overweening
mid-14c., from present participle of verb overwenen "be conceited, presume, be presumptuous, be over-confident," from Old English oferwenian "to be proud, become insolent or presumptuous;" see over- + ween.