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Unpleasantly overpowering:‘an overbearing, ill-tempered brute’
domineering, dominating, autocratic, tyrannical, despotic, heavy-handed, oppressive, high-handed, bullying, high and mighty, lordly, lording it, officious, masterful, dictatorial, bossy, imperious, pontifical, pompous, peremptory, arrogant, cocksure, proud, overproud, overweening, presumptuous, opinionated, dogmaticpushy, throwing one's weight about, cockyView synonyms
- ‘When you have an inbred arrogance, you are undoubtedly going to appear overbearing and rude.’
- ‘This is a small, proud country existing in the shadow of a large, overbearing neighbour.’
- ‘One man enters the male-only space to escape a conflicted marriage with his overbearing, combative wife.’
- ‘A new survey has revealed that overbearing mothers-in-law are to blame for as many as one in five marriage breakdowns.’
- ‘It claimed that an overbearing and threatening management style was leading to staff stress, inefficiency and ill-health.’
- ‘Did they have an overbearing father to live up to?’
- ‘Besides, with my hideous deformity and your overbearing mother, we'd only be punishing ourselves.’
- ‘You can also meet excessively overbearing golfers who want to solve everything with an arrogant order.’
- ‘The dictionary definition of arrogance suggests overbearing behavior based on inappropriate views.’
- ‘It promotes a large, bureaucratic, overbearing government state which is protected from free market competition.’
- ‘Wilhemina is a rising surgeon who begrudgingly meets and greets inept blind dates to appease her overbearing mother.’
- ‘I was wearing a festive but not overbearing reddish shirt and Keith was decked out in some sleek black duds.’
- ‘My parents aren't the snoopy, overbearing kind that stop by to check on your laundry technique.’
- ‘The waiters, by the way, were exceptionally helpful without being overbearing, and really seemed to know what to advise.’
- ‘Heavy, overbearing guitars clash with feeble pianos, annoying violins, and misplaced horns.’
- ‘Such a dangerous, overbearing contraption can no longer be relied upon to deliver the social contracts with its citizens that it once did.’
- ‘At all levels, cunning teachers allied with overbearing students.’
- ‘The letters show a devoted if overbearing husband who constantly chides his wife to write more often and to keep up her spirits.’
- ‘But like many young talents, he fell victim to an overbearing and ambitious parent, intent on living through his son.’
- ‘Our disciple goes from pompous to positively overbearing.’
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