Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To think too highly or confidently, especially of one's self; be arrogantly conceited; presume: now chiefly in the present participle.
- To make conceited or arrogant.
- v. ergative To think too highly or arrogantly of (oneself).
- v. To make or render arrogant and overweening.
- v. proscribed To overwhelm.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To think too highly or arrogantly; to regard one's own thinking or conclusions too highly; hence, to be egotistic, arrogant, or rash, in opinion; to think conceitedly; to presume.
- From Middle English overwēnen ("To be presumptuous, be over-confident; presume"), from Old English oferwennan ("ang") and Old English oferwenian ("to be proud, become insolent, or presumptuous"). (Wiktionary)
“ Magna petis Phaeton et quae non viribus istis, &c., as James and John, the sons of Zebedee, did ask they knew not what: nescis temerarie nescis; thou dost, as another Suffenus, overween thyself; thou art wise in thine own conceit, but in other more mature judgment altogether unfit to manage such a business.”
“Some are too partial, as friends to overween, others come with a prejudice to carp, vilify, detract, and scoff;”
“I am the servant of a distant queen Who can overween and intervene Can we finally make her obsolete?”
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