overbearing


Also found in: Thesaurus.

o·ver·bear·ing

 (ō′vər-bâr′ĭng)
adj.
1. Domineering in manner; arrogant: an overbearing official. See Synonyms at dictatorial.
2. Overwhelming in power or significance; predominant: "Democracy is ... deranged by the overbearing influence of business and finance" (William Greider).

o′ver·bear′ing·ly adv.
o′ver·bear′ing·ness n.

overbearing

(ˌəʊvəˈbɛərɪŋ)
adj
1. domineering or dictatorial in manner or action
2. of particular or overriding importance or significance
ˌoverˈbearingly adv

o•ver•bear•ing

(ˌoʊ vərˈbɛər ɪŋ)

adj.
1. domineering; dictatorial; rudely arrogant.
2. of overwhelming or critical importance.
[1590–1600]
o`ver•bear′ing•ly, adv.
o`ver•bear′ing•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.overbearing - expecting unquestioning obedience; "the timid child of authoritarian parents"; "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"
domineering - tending to domineer
2.overbearing - having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer
proud - feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride; "proud parents"; "proud of his accomplishments"; "a proud moment"; "proud to serve his country"; "a proud name"; "proud princes"

overbearing

overbearing

adjective
Translations
مُتَعَجْرِف، مُتَغَطْرِس
komentelevamääräilevä
dramblátur
nenuginčijamas
pašpārliecinātsvaldonīgs
buyurucuküstah

overbearing

[ˌəʊvəˈbɛərɪŋ] ADJ (= imperious) → imperioso, autoritario; (= despotic) → despótico

overbearing

[ˌəʊvərˈbɛərɪŋ] adj [father, wife, boss] → autoritaire

overbearing

adjherrisch; arroganceanmaßend

overbearing

[ˌəʊvəˈbɛərɪŋ] adjautoritario/a, prepotente

overbearing

(ouvəˈbeəriŋ) adjective
too sure that one is right. I disliked her overbearing manner.

overbearing

a. insoportable.
References in classic literature ?
So powerfully did the whole grim aspect of Ahab affect me, and the livid brand which streaked it, that for the first few moments I hardly noted that not a little of this overbearing grimness was owing to the barbaric white leg upon which he partly stood.
Commotions also will happen in an oligarchy from one party's overbearing and insulting another, or from their quarrelling about their law-suits or marriages.
He's a widower, thirty-six years old, without any children, and is proud of his money and overbearing, and everybody is a little afraid of him.
It is not difficult to conceive that this characteristic right of freedom may, in certain turbulent and factious seasons, be violated, in respect to a particular class of citizens, by a victorious and overbearing majority; but that so fundamental a privilege, in a country so situated and enlightened, should be invaded to the prejudice of the great mass of the people, by the deliberate policy of the government, without occasioning a popular revolution, is altogether inconceivable and incredible.
This favour was dispensed to you from under an overbearing scowl, which is the true expression of the great autocrat when he has made up his mind to give a battering to some ships and to hunt certain others home in one breath of cruelty and benevolence, equally distracting.
Sam, loud and overbearing as he was, she rather regretted when he went, for he was clever and intelligent, and glad to be employed in any errand in the town; and though spurning the remonstrances of Susan, given as they were, though very reasonable in themselves, with ill-timed and powerless warmth, was beginning to be influenced by Fanny's services and gentle persuasions; and she found that the best of the three younger ones was gone in him: Tom and Charles being at least as many years as they were his juniors distant from that age of feeling and reason, which might suggest the expediency of making friends, and of endeavouring to be less disagreeable.
It seems unfortunate that strong people are usually so disagreeable and overbearing that no one cares for them.
Tom was "fractious," as Roxy called it, and overbearing; Chambers was meek and docile.
Lorry, reddening, "that I will hear no disrespectful word of that young lady from any lips; and that if I knew any man--which I hope I do not-- whose taste was so coarse, and whose temper was so overbearing, that he could not restrain himself from speaking disrespectfully of that young lady at this desk, not even Tellson's should prevent my giving him a piece of my mind."
Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.
Unfortunately an only son (for many years an only child), I was spoilt by my parents, who, though good themselves (my father, particularly, all that was benevolent and amiable), allowed, encouraged, almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing; to care for none beyond my own family circle; to think meanly of all the rest of the world; to wish at least to think meanly of their sense and worth compared with my own.
Cardiff council's planning committee voted on Wednesday to defer the proposal after claiming the plans were "overbearing" and "unneighbourly".