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overbearing

Overbearing means domineering. You might find it difficult to play the piano as your overbearing instructor criticizes every key you touch.

The adjective overbearing typically describes a person who is haughty and dictatorial. Someone considered to be overbearing or arrogant wouldn't be described as kind or modest, which are antonyms of overbearing. Overbearing also means “repressing or overwhelming.” Thomas Jefferson uses this definition in his decree, “If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, then and only then will truth, prevail over fanaticism.”

Definitions of overbearing
  1. adjective
    having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
    synonyms: disdainful, haughty, imperious, lofty, lordly, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering
    proud
    feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride
  2. adjective
    expecting unquestioning obedience
    “insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter”
    synonyms: authoritarian, dictatorial
    domineering
    tending to domineer
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