Definition of overman in English:

overman

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verb

Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈman
 
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(overmans, overmanning, overmanned) [with object]
  • Provide with more staff than necessary: the company was vastly overmanned
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    • It is time for a radical decentralisation programme for our vastly overmanned Civil Service.
    • They've been made scapegoats because the fire station is overmanned.
    • Mr Jones said: ‘We have been overmanned in some departments.’

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəman
 
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(plural overmen) Back to top  
  • 1An overseer in a colliery.
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    • On my mother's side, the majority of the family working in the industry were officials, on the management side - senior colliery overmen and jobs of that nature.
    • The grandest, the undermanagers, overmen, engineers and surveyors lived nearest the colliery in streets with names: Thompson, Grant, West View.
    • But they have fallen into the clutches of certain people not as desirable as the Yuppie overman.
  • 2 Philosophy another term for superman.
    [translation of Nietzsche's Übermensch]
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    • This is the stuff of Nietzsche, in his declaration that ‘Man is a rope, fastened between animal and overman a rope over an abyss.’
    • He had taught them about Nietzsche and his philosophy of the overman, a superior man who did not have to obey conventions and morals made for inferiors.
    • Since Zarathustra tells women that their greatest hope should be to bear the overman, Nietzsche is sometimes taken to exclude the concept of the noble woman.

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