overbear

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v overbear contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery
    • v overbear bear too much
    • v overbear overcome "overbear criticism, protest, or arguments"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Overbear To bear down or carry down, as by excess of weight, power, force, etc.; to overcome; to suppress. "The point of reputation, when the news first came of the battle lost, did overbear the reason of war.""Overborne with weight the Cyprians fell.""They are not so ready to overbear the adversary who goes out of his own country to meet them."
    • v. i Overbear To bear fruit or offspring to excess; to be too prolific.
    • Overbear To domineer over; to overcome by insolence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overbear To bear down; overpower; bring under; overwhelm; overcome by superior force: literally or figuratively.
    • overbear To bear or impel across or along.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overbear ō-vėr-bār′ to bear down or overpower: to overwhelm
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Usage

In literature:

If he is cruel, neglectful, overbearing, she is perfectly aware of it.
"Mental Efficiency" by Arnold Bennett
As it was, his old companion seemed to have grown arrogant and overbearing.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
He even ventured to differ with the overbearing miller.
"The Moonshiners At Hoho-Hebee Falls" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
The register had an expression of slow cunning as he cast a glance up at the overbearing ranger.
"'way Down In Lonesome Cove" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
They had their little homes and gardens, and the English proved not overbearing.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The Mekinese voice, when it came, was triumphant and overbearing.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Do not suffer your feelings to betray you into too great earnestness, or vehemence; and never be overbearing.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
He was simply overbearing.
"Dave Porter in the Gold Fields" by Edward Stratemeyer
Under that gruff and even overbearing exterior must beat a warm and tender heart.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Well, it did seem that sending him away to school would be necessary if he were not to grow up proud and overbearing.
"Have We No Rights?" by Mabel Williamson
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In poetry:

Be thou, O Christ, my advocate,
And enter for me to debate,
Nor let the overbearing foe
Insult a man so very low!
"Part Of The Sixty-Ninth Psalm" by Rees Prichard
Once, after long-drawn revel at The Mermaid,
He to the overbearing Boanerges
Jonson, uttered (if half of it were liquor,
Blessed be the vintage!)
"The Craftsman" by Rudyard Kipling
One is incisive, corrosive:
Two retorts, nettled, curt, crepitant;
Three makes rejoinder, expansive, explosive;
Four overbears them all, strident and strepitant,
Five… O Danaides, O Sieve!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
There, lad, cried Vintner Simon, thou hast shown English spirit to-day,
By chastising yon overbearing giant in a very proper way;
So come, my lad, and drink a flagon of my very best sack,
For you handled your cudgel well, and no courage did lack.
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

"Hoegaarden's floral aspects complement the nuttiness of the salsa without being overbearing.".
Movies about teachers are flypaper for overblown armchair crusaderism, and this overbearingly cynical attempt gets my vote for worst offender yet.
Ariel Winter's mother described as overbearing stage mom.
Ariel Winter's mother Chrystal Workman was an overbearing stage mom who constantly criticized Ariel and ordered her never to leave her side, says TMZ, quoting a source on the set of one of Ariel's recent movies.
Texas State must face Aggies' overbearing defense.
Will Obama be so overbearing .
The world's most overbearing mother.
Aggies' defense proving to be overbearing .
Rather than construct a huge, overbearing warehouse to house south central Connecticut's water-treatment plant, Holl buried 90 percent of it underground.
Webster's defines arrogance as the "offensive exhibition of assumed or real superiority," an "overbearing pride," an "imperious" nature.
But it can become overbearing, so I highly recommend growing it in containers .
Governor-elect Andrew M Cuomo, at a campaign event last month, has been called overbearing by some subordinates.
Mike & Liza's Marriage Ref: Politically Correct or Overbearing.
Once upon a time, folksingers and musicians everywhere used voices and music to righteously rail and necessarily knock unfair and overbearing public and private wrongs.
The thriller is a fictionalized account of being banned from Britain and hunted by overbearing governments.
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