from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Overpowering in effect or strength: overwhelming joy; an overwhelming majority.

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  • v. Present participle of to overwhelm.
  • adj. Overpowering, staggering, or irresistibly strong.
  • adj. Very great or intense.
  • adj. Extreme.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Overpowering; irresistible.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. so strong as to be irresistible
  • adj. very intense


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  • The report makes no judgment about Ivins's guilt or innocence, and officials stood behind their contention that he was the anthrax killer, citing what they called overwhelming evidence.

    Anthrax report casts doubt on scientific evidence in FBI case against Bruce Ivins

  • But they did respond with what they call "overwhelming force," and the world economy was better for it.

    For Europe, a Lehman Moment

  • I talked with Black Entertainment Television Founder, Bob Johnson about that, and also about what he calls overwhelming black racial pride over Barack Obama's candidacy.

    CNN Transcript Apr 21, 2008

  • Citing what they describe as overwhelming evidence for evolution, mainstream scientists say no one has the right to teach wrong science, or religion in the guise of science.

    At Some Colleges,

  • Clinton lamented that Syria has continued with "a brutal crackdown" against pro-democracy protesters despite what she called overwhelming international condemnation.

    The Australian | News |

  • In recent weeks, Norris reconsidered due to what he called "overwhelming public support."

  • Times carries a graphic eyewitness account of what it calls the "overwhelming destruction" in the western Libyan city of Misrata.

    BBC News - Home

  • He spearheaded the creation of the center to harness what he called the overwhelming flood of information available today and make it useful for decision-making at all levels.

    Penn State Live

  • The signal is that Israel is poised to escalate the offensive with what it describes as overwhelming force.

  • For Capp's generation, "overwhelming" is par for the course. - Gen Nexters have their hands full


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  • See discussion on whelm.

    October 31, 2008

  • very intense

    Ex: overwhelming joy

    November 20, 2007