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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OVER-COMING

She gave them to Shih-niang, over-coming her with gratitude.

The girls were left to discuss the awful peril that had threatened, and come so near to over-coming, Ruth.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English ofercuman "to reach, overtake," also "to conquer, prevail over," from ofer (see over) + cuman "to come" (see come (v.)). A common Germanic compound (cf. Middle Dutch overkomen, Old High German ubarqueman, German überkommen). In reference to mental or chemical force, "to overwhelm, render helpless," it is in late Old English. Meaning "to surmount" (a difficulty or obstacle) is from c.1200. The Civil Rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" was put together c.1950s from lyrics from Charles Tindley's spiritual "I'll Overcome Some Day" (1901), and melody from pre-Civil War spiritual "No More Auction Block for Me." Related: Overcame; overcoming.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.