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- Unduly confident; arrogant
- She wins one modeling contest in Montana and suddenly she’s overweening.
- Synonyms: presumptuous, conceited
- 1623, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act 2, Scene 5:
- Here's an overweening rogue!
- 1870, Carl Schurz, George H. Thomas Eulogy
- No success rendered him overweening and no disaster was ever known to stagger his firmness.
- 1908, Frederic Bancroft and William A. Dunning, A Sketch of Carl Schurz’s Political Career
- The Senate was displaying an overweening hauteur as if it were the government.
- Exaggerated, excessive.
- 2015 January 4, Jonathan Rauch, “How to Make Men Free”, in NY Times, retrieved 21050215:
- The idea that an overweening federal government is a threat to both freedom and equality (not to mention prosperity) goes back to Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry and some other fairly respectable personages.
See the etymology of the main entry.