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 .
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, title=How to Make Men Free
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, 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 .
(ergative) To think too highly or arrogantly of (oneself).
* (rfdate), Milton, Sonnet IX :
* 2005 , A. J. Liebling, published in Just Enough Liebling: Classic Work by the Legendary New Yorker Writer , page 327:
- and they that overween , / And at thy growing virtues fret their spleen,
To make or render arrogant and overweening.
* 1987 October, in Field & Stream , volume 92, number 6, page 24:
- The clouds on Futurity Day bore out in a general way this prognostication. But he overweened himself.
* 2009 , Ariel Dorfman, The Empire's Old Clothes: What the Lone Ranger, Babar, and Other Innocent Heroes Do to Our Minds , page 6:
- There is, I suppose, the cheap drama of man sticking his nose into an area where it does little good except to expand his already overweened vanity.
(proscribed) To overwhelm.
* 2003 , Michael Gelven, What happens to us when we think: transformation and reality , page 44:
- Sometimes we manage to come up with original ways of viewing a world hardened, stratified, overweened by its own power, a world which believes itself as omnipotent as its technological achievements might seem to imply.
- The invasion of a vast enemy host upon the unprepared is unstoppable; the huge phalanx of tanks overweens our small army of trucks and rifles;
* Webster 1913