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hubris

Line breaks: hu¦bris
Pronunciation: /ˈhjuːbrɪs
 
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Definition of hubris in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Excessive pride or self-confidence: the self-assured hubris among economists was shaken in the late 1980s
More example sentences
  • Arrogance, hubris, blind patriotism, and good old fashioned fear are our real enemy!
  • As a Christian I am well aware that pride and hubris precede a fall.
  • His enemies prefer to see him as a victim, once again, of his own arrogance, of hubris, and an addiction to taking himself too seriously.
Synonyms
1.1(In Greek tragedy) excessive pride towards or defiance of the gods, leading to nemesis.
Example sentences
  • The terms hamartia and hubris should become basic tools of your critical apparatus.
  • The arc of the members' lives follows precisely the classic Greek model of destiny, hubris and nemesis.
  • Throughout the genre, since its beginning, nemesis has clobbered hubris.

Origin

Greek.

Words that rhyme with hubris

buttress

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