karmic_serenity (karmic_serenity) wrote in 1word1day,

overweening \oh-vur-WEE-ning\, adjective:

1. Overbearing; arrogant; presumptuous.

2. Excessive; immoderate; exaggerated.


Overweening is from Middle English overwening, present participle of overwenen, "to be arrogant," from over + wenen "to ween," from Old English wenan.


In a story as old as the Greeks, overweening pride brought condign disaster.

-- David Frum, How We Got Here

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