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  • n. Variant of hubris.


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  • But then, again, Aristotle did not "immortalize" the word "hybris," the Athenian tragedians had already done that.

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  • As the classical imagination rightly observed, we all have a tendency to privilege the contents of the ego in service to our security (this they called hybris) and a tendency to view the world through the colored lens granted us by fate (this they called the hamartia) and end by deceiving ourselves.

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  • Therefore also dikē is the implacable foe of that peculiar trespassing of the bounds of propriety which the Greeks called hybris (W. & D. 213, 238-39; Archilochus, frag. 94), and even though hybris may degrade dikē to violence in the Iron Age (W. & D. 190-93; cf. Theognis 'complaints at 44-45 and 291-92), dikē will win out in the end

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  • Ixion and Bellerophon become types of this kind of hybris; their fall is interpreted as a lesson to

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  • 'hybris', which means 'excessive pride and wanton violence'.

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  • Owners of such vehicles share a feeling of hybris.

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  • Hubris, sometimes spelled hybris ancient Greek ὕβρις, is a term used in modern English to indicate overweening pride, self-confidence, superciliousness, or arrogance, often resulting in fatal retribution.

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  • They are certainly guilty of hybris, but how could they be so remarkably stupid, arrogant and short-sighted in making their grand dream a reality?

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  • He went on to show off his designations for the centaur species, Homoequis intellegus; invisible giant, Homotitan invisiblis; water griffin, Aquileo gryphonus; white unicorn, Monoceros alba; naga, Homoserpens hybris; and the huge sphinx, Homoleo giganticus.

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  • Crixus It sounds like he was afflicted with _hybris, _ too.

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  • Archaic (or just bizarre) spelling of hubris. Usage:

    "'Well, I am no Grecian either, but ... I met with the word hybris, which some writers use for insolent pride of strength or achievement, open unguarded triumph and exultation.'

    "'Nothing more unlucky.'

    "'Nor in a way more impious, which is perhaps close kin. Herod was probably guilty of hybris, before being eaten by worms.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 273

    March 5, 2008