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overwhelming

[ oh-ver-hwel-ming, -wel- ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈʰwɛl mɪŋ, -ˈwɛl- /
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adjective
that overwhelms; overpowering: The temptation to despair may become overwhelming.
so great as to render resistance or opposition useless: an overwhelming majority.
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Origin of overwhelming

First recorded in 1565–75; overwhelm + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM overwhelming

o·ver·whelm·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·whelm·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overwhelming

overwhelming
/ (ˌəʊvəˈwɛlmɪŋ) /

adjective
overpowering in effect, number, or force

Derived forms of overwhelming

overwhelmingly, adverb
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