overweening overweening

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings
  2. (adj) presumptuously arrogant

Usage(s):

  1. This is a presidency that has wobbled between those two poles overweening arrogance and paralytic incompetence.
  2. But his environmental focus does not derive from an overweening sense of corporate social responsibility.
  3. His brief and unsuccessful run for President in 1988 was seen by some as an example of overweening ambition.

News

  • Robert Kuttner: Thinking About the Government

    We have almost reached a tipping point where majorities of Americans who want to government to be on their side look in vain for a government that actually serves them. Meanwhile, the national security state is more overweening than ever. Instead of having a government that delivers practical help while restraining its own excesses, we have one that is doing far too little to keep us ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Huffington Post

Quotes

  1. The agreement has "secret clauses and an overweening jugglery of words", Jayalalitha alleged.
    on Aug 7, 2007 By: J Jayalalithaa Source: Khabrein.info

  2. As Alan Johnson said in a recent debate on obesity: "On the one hand we are castigated for introducing an overweening nanny state, while on the other we are told that we have not taken enough action."
    on Aug 14, 2008 By: Alan Johnson Source: Prospect Magazine

  3. "I believe history is a moral necessity," said Schlesinger, "for a nation possessed of overweening power. It is the best antidote to the delusions of power."
    on Dec 13, 2006 By: Arthur M Schlesinger Jr Source: Dover-Sherborn Press

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