[ UK /ˌə‍ʊvəpˈa‍ʊəɹɪŋ/ ]
[ US /ˈoʊvɝˈpaʊɹɪŋ/ ]
  1. so strong as to be irresistible
    an overpowering need for solitude
    an overwhelming majority
    the temptation to despair may become overwhelming
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How To Use overpowering In A Sentence

  • He wasn't a large man, and had never been the sporty type, so there were no golf clubs or baseball bats lying handily around, and the notion of overpowering a hulking burglar with the meagre physical means at his disposal was laughable. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  • The typical concrete edge, the unhealthy pollution caused by too much sliced white bread and the overpowering dominance of aggressive species such as Canada geese and coots combine to turn them into lifeless wet deserts.
  • There's an overpowering smell of garlic in the kitchen.
  • The scent is strong but not overpowering and the cream sinks in fast.
  • I attended with some positive anticipation, because the Poulenc Concerto, along with the Camille Saint-Sa'ns Symphony No. 3 avec orgue (with organ), have always seemed highly imaginative examples of gifted composers managing to craft beautiful and meaningful, even reflective statements for the mighty and potentially overpowering instrument. Undefined
  • Fertile soils and spontaneous vegetation, reeking with miasma and overpowering from their odour, we had exchanged for a drouthy wilderness of aloetic and cactaceous plants, where the kolquall and several thorn bushes grew paramount. How I Found Livingstone
  • But the sadness was overpowering at times.
  • This subtle citrusy scent is not overpowering but is strong enough to attract a summer romance. The Sun
  • Kozel yelled, and the shuttle decelerated rapidly, for a moment overpowering the inertial dampers. Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire
  • Lady Kicklebury wears a front, and, I make no doubt, a complete jasey; or she certainly would have let down her back hair at this minute, so overpowering were her feelings, and so bitter her indignation at her daughter's black ingratitude. The Christmas Books of Mr. M.A. Titmarsh
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