overwhelming

[ oh-ver-hwel-ming, -wel- ]SEE DEFINITION OF overwhelming
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OVERWHELMING

Mr. Gladstone was returned again for Midlothian by an overwhelming majority.

Smitten to the heart by a sudden and overwhelming remorse, Hetty was speechless.

And what overwhelming success attends the efforts of the Jesuits!

The Mercutians will be back soon in overwhelming force, burning for revenge.

There were too many of the enemy, and overwhelming reinforcements could be expected any moment.

She had no thought of anything but this one overwhelming disaster.

I have overwhelming evidence that he is the man we are after.

She did this, she was obliged to do it, to prevent the feeling of impotence from overwhelming her.

The company surrounded the messenger, overwhelming him with questions.

Then Pascal, filled with an overwhelming sadness, gave up the contest.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "to turn upside down, to overthrow," from over- + Middle English whelmen "to turn upside down" (see whelm). Meaning "to submerge completely" is mid-15c. Perhaps the connecting notion is a boat, etc., washed over, and overset, by a big wave. Figurative sense of "to bring to ruin" is attested from 1520s. Related: Overwhelmed; overwhelming; overwhelmingly.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR OVERWHELMING

acute

adjectivesevere, intense
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