ofermod

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ofer + mōd. Compare German Übermut ‘high spirits’, Dutch overmoed ‘overconfidence’.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ofermōd n

  1. overconfidence, pride, arrogance, exuberance, daring (precise meaning uncertain)
    • The Battle of Maldon, line 89-90:
      Ða se eorl ongan || for his ofermode / alyfan landes to fela || laþere ðeode.
      Then the earl began, in his great pride / to give too much ground to those loathed people.