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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But what is notable about the Koffler scam is the sheer, hilarious hubris of it.
▪ His hubris cost him whatever slim chance he had of actually pulling it off.
▪ How often we have witnessed such hubris, and how loudly we have guffawed.
▪ The power to re-create them inspires a touch of hubris in geophysicists.
▪ They ran government trading at Salomon Brothers during the 1980s and early 1990s, ruling with swagger, bravado and hubris.
▪ This can not be called isolationism, but it is a strange combination of hubris and indifference.
▪ Yet the argument against Ashdown's triumphalism has to stop short of encouraging the same fatal hubris among Labour politicians.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also hybris, 1884, a back-formation from hubristic or else from Greek hybris "wanton violence, insolence, outrage," originally "presumption toward the gods;" the first element probably PIE *ud- "up, out," but the meaning of the second is debated.


n. Excessive pride, presumption or arrogance (originally toward the gods).


n. overbearing pride or presumption


Hubris (, also hybris, from ancient Greek ) describes a personality quality of extreme or foolish pride or dangerous over- confidence. In its ancient Greek context, it typically describes behavior that defies the norms of behavior or challenges the gods, and which in turn brings about the downfall, or nemesis, of the perpetrator of hubris.

The adjectival form of the noun hubris is "hubristic". Hubris is usually perceived as a characteristic of an individual rather than a group, although the group the offender belongs to may unintentionally suffer consequences from the wrongful act. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence, accomplishments or capabilities. Contrary to common expectations, hubris is not necessarily associated with high self-esteem but with highly fluctuating or variable self-esteem, and a gap between inflated self perception and a more modest reality.

Hubris is generally considered a sin in world religions. C. S. Lewis writes, in Mere Christianity, that pride is the "anti-God" state, the position in which the ego and the self are directly opposed to God: "Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind."

Hubris (album)

Hubris is a solo album by American jazz pianist and composer Richard Beirach recorded in 1977 and released on the ECM label.

Usage examples of "hubris".

The Heir-Empress was an Aberrant, and the Empress in her hubris still seemed intent on putting her on the throne.

In terror of hubris, Isaac sought any alternative than to believe what was looking more and more like the truth: that he had solved the problem of mathematic representation, quantification, of crisis energy.

But hubris engendered his one fatal misstep: his attempt to change the Russian diet, mandating Texas Bar-B-Q in place of such staples as borsht and potato pancakes.

In my dream of murdering Clint Eastwood, my own hubris is both punished and rewarded by the realization that he is intimately and permanently related to the most positive and nurturing elements in the dream and in myself.

It would be the grandest party ever held on Farfara, and the merchants who ruled that ancient planet spared no trouble or expense in creating an air of magnificence to match the magnificent hubris of the men and women who dared to enter the Vild.

She smiled smugly, a thirty-one-year-old in love with a twenty-five-year-old, unaware that she was once again flirting with hubris.

Rhee Soon-Ka sat, unobserved, taking notes, for this was the kind of day she had long anticipated: as a modern Aeschylus, she knew what hubris was.

Hubris presumes to direct the gods and says that a man is above the status of men.

In an unprecedented act of hubris, before he could reflect upon it and conjure up a congerie of reasons why such an act would be unwise and an accompanying set of scenarios in which he came off the fool or the buffoon, he had telephoned Lisa.

And those Fedraysha blasphemers, who hunted down gods and killed them wherever they found them—on Yonada, on Beta, on Avros, on Gamma Trianguli—they took advantage of her hubris, used her as their puppet to spread their evils, to destroy every vestige of the Yonadan way of life as they had destroyed the Oracle.

To strike at and destroy such a thing, even in self-defense, was blasphemous in its disproportionality, appalling in its hubris.

Adults and children alike, we kneeled in the icy cavern about the bowl with the flame, entreating forgiveness for the hubris which had angered them.

I would not have recognized hubris if it bit me in the gluteus maximus.

But until that time, the Hubrises were vulnerable—and that vulnerability had abruptly been exploited.

But until that time, the Hubrises were vulnerable -and that vulnerability had abruptly been exploited.