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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
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.