Definition of overmighty in English:



  • Excessively powerful.

    ‘trade union leaders were now denounced as overmighty tyrants’
    • ‘It started off as a movement whereby Student Unions, overmighty in those days, bound themselves to deny racists and fascists a platform to speak at university meetings.’
    • ‘I'm not making light of the terrorist threat, just giving the correct weight to the overmighty state threat.’
    • ‘Ministers should bring to heel their overmighty subjects in Historic Scotland and end this haughty reign of feudalism.’
    • ‘A handful of overmighty subjects exercised a disproportionate influence on the events of the Wars of the Roses.’
    • ‘In the 1990s, one of the big errors was to read the coming century as if the principle danger to humanity would be overmighty totalitarian states.’
    • ‘Humanists are also against an overmighty state.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister is now ready to stamp on his overmighty Chancellor.’
    • ‘Instead it identified chiefly as the vastly overmighty centre of England or Britain - the big throbbing heart of the country, rather than a city in its own right.’
    • ‘It is not at all fanciful to see this as conferring a popular legitimacy which enables that court to play a part in public affairs that would strike many in this country as overmighty if adopted by the High Court.’
    • ‘Broadcasting had become ‘an overmighty subject’ answerable neither to its political masters nor the general public.’
    • ‘But Britain needs a government willing to loosen the grip of the overmighty centre: if it can't do that for the party, what hope is there for the country?’
    • ‘Warwick was the mightiest of overmighty subjects, who was instrumental in putting Edward IV on the throne in 1461, deposing him in 1470, and restoring Henry VI.’
    • ‘James I would later, with an eye on overmighty clergy and depleted royal resources, call him ‘a sair sanct for the croon’, but this gave him the lasting basis of effective administration.’
    • ‘For centuries, Britain had fought to maintain the balance of power in Europe, to ensure that no state became overmighty.’
    • ‘But gone are the days when overmighty Governments or greedy and arrogant ministers were its targets.’
    • ‘Which brings us to the second side-function of this TV drama, its Technicolor illustration of a drab fact: Britain suffers from a bad case of overmighty executive syndrome.’
    • ‘The danger of an overmighty secret state, justified by the threat of terrorism, is exacerbated by the very same factor that so much helps terrorists: advances in technology.’
    • ‘They did not want an overmighty second chamber and they insisted that there must be a mechanism for resolving deadlocks between the two houses.’
    • ‘It merely added to the numbers of old-style territorial marcher lords there whom Tudor officials increasingly distrusted as overmighty subjects.’
    • ‘They idealized the struggle of a citizen army against the overmighty British and marvelled at the establishment of a republic with a written constitution.’