Overweening vs Churlish - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between overweening and churlish
is that overweening
is unduly confident; arrogant; presumptuous; conceited while churlish
is of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic.
As a noun overweening
is an excessively high opinion of oneself or one's abilities; presumption, arrogance.
As a verb overweening
Unduly confident; arrogant; presumptuous; conceited.
- Here's an overweening rogue.
*:No success rendered him overweening and no disaster was ever known to stagger his firmness.
*1908 , Frederic Bancroft and William A. Dunning,
*:The Senate was displaying an overweening hauteur as if it were the government.
- She wins one modeling contest in Montana and suddenly she's overweening .
, author=Jonathan Rauch
, title=How to Make Men Free
, site=NY Times
, passage=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.
An excessively high opinion of oneself or one's abilities; presumption, arrogance.
*:Let us suppresse this over-weening .
of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic
* 1996 , Jeet Heer, Gravitas , Autumn 1996
rude, surly, ungracious
stingy or grudging
(of soil) difficult to till, lacking pliancy; unmanageable
*1730–1774 , Oliver Goldsmith, Introductory to Switzerland
*:Where the bleak Swiss their stormy mansion tread,t
*:And force a churlish soil for scanty bread.
- [...] the eloquence and truth of his tribute stands in marked contrast to Kramer's churlish caricature of Kael as a happy pig wallowing in the dirt.
* (of or pertaining to a serf) rustic
* (rude or surly) cross-grained, rude, surly, ungracious
* (stingy or grudging) grudging, illiberal, miserly, niggardly, stingy