Thursday, November 05, 2015

Word of the day: overweening

The word of the day is overweening:

  1. presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud
  2. exaggerated, excessive, or arrogant
1340, from prp. of overwenen "be conceited, presume," from O.E. ofer-wenian, from ofer + "over" + wenian (see ween).


"His life was dominated by overweening personal ambition and, arguably more important, profound religious faith."

 - Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

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