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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]


So strong as to be irresistible


overpowering; overwhelming

Context examples:

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


irresistible; resistless (impossible to resist; overpowering)

Sense 2overwhelming [BACK TO TOP]


Very intense


consuming; overwhelming

Context examples:

politics is his consuming passion / overwhelming joy


intense (in an extreme degree)

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