[oh-ver-hwel-ming, -wel-]


that overwhelms; overpowering: The temptation to despair may become overwhelming.
so great as to render resistance or opposition useless: an overwhelming majority.

Origin of overwhelming

First recorded in 1565–75; overwhelm + -ing2
Related formso·ver·whelm·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·whelm·ing·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of overwhelmingly

Historical Examples of overwhelmingly

  • The political literature of the time is overwhelmingly against William.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • He was overwhelmingly elated, but would have died rather than show it.

    The House in the Water

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • I was surprised enough when you told me you could see us but not overwhelmingly so.

  • Henceforth the chances of victory were overwhelmingly on the side of the employers.


    John Spargo

  • The forces of Pompey were overwhelmingly superior in numbers.

British Dictionary definitions for overwhelmingly



overpowering in effect, number, or force
Derived Formsoverwhelmingly, adverb
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