Thursday, October 30, 2008

hubris: Word of the Day Word of the Day


Word of the Day for Thursday, October 30, 2008

hubris \HYOO-bruhs\, noun:

Overbearing pride or presumption.

During his long tenure in the financial world, Friedman has watched dozens of his competitors' businesses killed by hubris born of success rather than by unsound business decisions or adverse market conditions.
-- Lisa Endlich, Goldman Sachs: The Culture of Success
This is the actor's hubris, to imagine the world possessed of a single, avid eye fixed solely and always on him.
-- John Banville, Eclipse
With dizzying hubris, Shelley elevated the vocation of the poet above that of priest and statesman.
-- Peter Gay, Pleasure Wars

Hubris comes from Greek hybris, "excessive pride, wanton violence." Entry and Pronunciation for hubris

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