overwhelming overwhelming  /ˌoʊ vər ˈwɛl mɪŋ/


  1. (adj) so strong as to be irresistible
  2. (adj) very intense



  1. I was asked to do White Oleander, to direct and play the part of the mother, but it seemed so overwhelming.
  2. The presence of death in Nthandire has been overwhelming in recent years.
  3. Even though I have come to be wary of dead heroes and the overwhelming burden their martyrdom imposes on the living, I will allow myself a prophecy.


  1. Shamong middle school arts festival

    SHAMONG—Overwhelming! That’s really the only word that does justice to the annual Arts Festival at Indian Mills Memorial School. The event featured an estimated 1,500 pieces of art by students, and performances by the school’s choirs and bands.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Medford Central Record

  2. Yellen overwhelming favorite to replace Bernanke at Fed: Reuters poll

    By Pedro Nicolaci da Costa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve's powerful vice chair, is by far the most likely candidate to replace Ben Bernanke when his second term at the helm of the U.S. central bank ends early next year, according to a Reuters poll of economists. The poll found that an overwhelming 40 of 44 economists said Yellen, the former president of the San ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Joseph Cramer, M.D.: The present is so overwhelming we need a good nap

    The present is so overwhelming that like Rip Van Winkle, sometimes we need a good nap.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Deseret News


  1. Former President Jimmy Carter said, "I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man."
    on Sep 21, 2009 By: Jimmy Carter Source: FOXNews

  2. Clinton stated, "The evidence is overwhelming and condemning. The torpedo that sank the Cheonan...... was fired by a North Korean submarine."
    on Jun 14, 2010 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: 한겨레

  3. "This is the bottom line: If we do not do this, the trauma, the chaos and the disruption to everyday Americans' lives will be overwhelming, and that's a price we can't afford to risk paying," Sen. Judd Gregg, the chief Senate Republican in the...
    on Sep 28, 2008 By: Judd Gregg Source: Independent

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