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OVERWHELMING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does overwhelming mean? 

OVERWHELMING (adjective)
  The adjective OVERWHELMING has 2 senses:

1. so strong as to be irresistible
2. very intense

  Familiarity information: OVERWHELMING used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OVERWHELMING (adjective)


Sense 1overwhelming [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

So strong as to be irresistible

Synonyms:

overpowering; overwhelming

Context examples:

an overpowering need for solitude / the temptation to despair may become overwhelming / an overwhelming majority

Similar:

irresistible; resistless (impossible to resist; overpowering)


Sense 2overwhelming [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very intense

Synonyms:

consuming; overwhelming

Context examples:

politics is his consuming passion / overwhelming joy

Similar:

intense (in an extreme degree)


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