Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To sway, influence, or control by superior force or power; overrule.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To bear sway over.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From over- +‎ sway.

Examples

  • "The care of the publique must oversway all private interests, for it is a true rule that perticuler estates cannot subsist in the ruinue of the publique." sic It's very difficult to hear the arguments against taxing the inordinately wealthy as reflecting anything of that evangelical sentiment and social imperative.

    Frank G. Kirkpatrick: Searching For The Common Good In Political Discourse

  • He warned, "the care of the publique must oversway all private respects" (including, apparently, the respect of learning how to spell.)

    Today In History: John Winthrop

  • He warned, "the care of the publique must oversway all private respects" (including, apparently, the respect of learning how to spell.)

    Sophie Pollitt-Cohen: Today In History: John Winthrop

  • The censures of which one, must, in your allowance, oversway a whole theatre of others.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899

  • “It were very unreasonable to imagine,” says he, “that God cannot, in any case, extraordinarily oversway the inclinations and determine the will of such a creature, in a way agreeable enough to its nature, (though we particularly know not, and we are not concerned to know, or curiously to inquire in what way,) and highly reasonable to suppose that in many cases he doth.”

    A Theodicy, or, Vindication of the Divine Glory

  • As they plough through the water of a plush north London swimming pool, their arms flailing to Beyonce and Rihanna like hippos in a disco, the 15 or so middle-aged women eye the comic in the studio next door as he demonstrates the throwaway oversway that led to the Strictly Come Dancing judges awarding him an impressive 27 points out of 40 for his waltz.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • "The care of the publique must oversway all private interests, for it is a true rule that perticuler estates cannot subsist in the ruinue of the publique." sic It's very difficult to hear the arguments against taxing the inordinately wealthy as reflecting anything of that evangelical sentiment and social imperative.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Mismanagement and Follies of her past Life, now took up all her Thoughts; and as she was of a Disposition generous enough, when Vanity, Pride, or Love, did not oversway her, she resolved to undeceive Antonia, and use the utmost of her Endeavours to perswade her to turn the Current of her Affections, where both the Laws of God and Man required them, and henceforward banish all Desire but for her Husband.

    Idalia, or, The Unfortunate Mistress: A Novel

  • Such cruelties though I abhorred very much in my heart, yet here was I forced to hold my tongue and contradict them not, as having not authority to oversway them.

    Bucaniers of America:

  • Then he would have such a number provided as might oversway them hear.

    Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation' From the Original Manuscript. With a Report of the Proceedings Incident to the Return of the Manuscript to Massachusetts

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