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  • n. Overbearing behaviour; arrogance; imperiousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Overbearing behavior; arrogance; imperiousness.


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From overbear +‎ -ance.


  • He provided rules of the road but avoided, at all costs, overbearance.

    Barack Obama, Campaign Manager: How The 2008 Playbook Passed Health Care

  • Sarah could not restrain herself in the face of such overbearance.

    The Hunger

  • She had tried by every means in her power to win at least a look from the girl, but all her attempts were repelled and she was treated with an overbearance that cut her to the quick.

    The Governess

  • In the world of nature there is tyranny, egoism, aggression, overbearance, usurpation of the rights of others and other blameworthy attributes which are defects of the animal world.

    Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era

  • The Federal judiciary was looked to, with its virtually permanent membership, to hold the entire structure of national politics in nice balance against all disturbing influences, whether of popular impulse or of official overbearance.

    The Spirit of American Government A Study Of The Constitution: Its Origin, Influence And Relation To Democracy

  • I did not tell Alice of what I had done, for although Alice is (as I have already assured you) the most amiable of her sex, she cannot brook what she regards as an imposition, and this inclination to resent seeming overbearance in others has not unfrequently put us to expense and involved us in embarrassment.

    The House An Episode in the Lives of Reuben Baker, Astronomer, and of His Wife, Alice

  • Borodaile who despise arrogance and resent overbearance even to others.

    The Disowned — Complete

  • In entering into your quarrel I shall at least show the world that there are some men not inferior in pretensions to Lord Borodaile who despise arrogance and resent overbearance even to others.

    The Disowned — Volume 04

  • And at this moment, so fearfully increased is the overbearance of democratic impulses in Scotland, that perhaps in no European nation -- hardly excepting France -- has it become more important to hang weights and retarding forces upon popular movements amongst the laboring classes.

    Theological Essays and Other Papers — Volume 2

  • If it materializes in the coming decades it could provide both a countervailing power to USA and also a possible 'balancer' against China's strategic overbearance



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