Example sentences for: overweening

How can you use “overweening” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • They represented fundamental splits--between supporters of constitutional democracy and its opponents, between friends and enemies of human rights, between people who believe in limited government and those who want an overweening state.

  • The revolution of 1776, for instance, was fueled in part by the colonists' resentment of the overweening powers of royal judges.

  • Nixon's statesmanlike response was to fund a secret investigative team to bedevil Ellsberg and anyone else whom Nixon, in his overweening paranoia and narcissism, deemed a risk to "national security."

  • in the dual role of the overweening 17 th century boy king Louis of France and his twin brother, Philippe, who was first spirited away at birth by a father fearful of internecine struggles and subsequently locked in the bowels of the Bastille, his features concealed by the eponymous iron mask.

  • Her behavior was stupid and hurt a lot of people, but if the point here is to measure the size of her errors, they are barely perceptible next to those of the people who ruined her: a literary agent with profit and something akin to treason on her mind; a federal prosecutor who chose to hound and harass a citizen with overweening force and little justification; and journalists who cooperated by exposing every last detail of her private life.


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