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[ US /ˈoʊvɝˈbɛɹɪŋ/ ]
[ UK /ˌə‍ʊvəbˈe‍əɹɪŋ/ ]
  1. expecting unquestioning obedience
    the timid child of authoritarian parents
    insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter
  2. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
    haughty aristocrats
    walked with a prideful swagger
    some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines
    his lordly manners were offensive
    a more swaggering mood than usual
    very sniffy about breaches of etiquette
    his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air
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How To Use overbearing In A Sentence

  • The following years were characterized by rifts with Russia, in which the Ukraine jealously guarded its own independence against its overbearing neighbour.
  • Armantrout's short lines, use of rhetoric, aggressive lineation, disjunctions and juxtapositions, discursiveness, parataxis, and myriad condensatory techniques are all exemplary, but never overbearing. Seth Abramson: November 2011 Contemporary Poetry Reviews
  • His silk cravat suddenly felt as though it may choke him at any moment and his navy blue tailcoat seemed overbearing.
  • This killer is an overbearing, ignorant smart aleck .... Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood
  • Pushing our body's happy buttons with a cool swim on a hot day, or a fermented drink containing ethanol, or even just some good old-fashioned genital manipulation can elicit the sort of enjoyment that transcends angst and that does not need to be reconciled against the overbearing reality of our inconsequence. Manufacturers to Riders: Go Sponsor Yourself
  • Unfortunately they can often be abrasive and overbearing personality types.
  • At all levels, cunning teachers allied with overbearing students.
  • The appearance of Travolta trying to be evil by way of Hugh Hefner and Tony Manero is funny enough, but the addition of some slapstick later in the film lightens, for the moment at least, what is an overbearingly grim and depressing movie. Eric’s Top 10 Worst Comic Book Movies Ever » Scene-Stealers
  • The film reiterates this distinction between worlds by directly contrasting the aquamarines, open sky and searing light of Spain with the cold, wet and overbearingly cramped world of London.
  • Thanks to Curly's Corner Shop we can read that: I am just about heartily sick and tired of the “nanny state” that we are living in, the regulation, the overbearing health and safety rules, the maternalistic approach to risk, the fear of the compensation claim etc., etc., etc. The importance of hygiene
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