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Friday, September 16, 2016

Definitions for overweening

  1. presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud: a brash, insolent, overweening fellow.
  2. exaggerated, excessive, or arrogant: overweening prejudice; overweening pride.

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Citations for overweening
He was an envious and overweening man who resented the fact that Sir Balin had won the sword. Peter Ackroyd, The Death of King Arthur: The Immortal Legend; A Retelling, 2010
... market competition cannot monitor the internal workings of a firm, check an overweening boss, expose a fraud or simply stop top managers from paying themselves far too much. , "No more Mr. Nice Guy," The Economist, March 18, 2004
Origin of overweening
1300-1350
Overweening is formed from the verb overween meaning "to be conceited or arrogant." The older verb ween means "to think; suppose" or "to expect, hope, or intend." Overweening entered English in the mid-1300s.