Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
‘Hubris’ is exaggerated or excessive self-confidence. The term comes from ancient Greek where it was used to refer to overbearing human pride that enraged the gods and led to them exacting punishment. For that reason, we view the word as a flaw that inevitably leads to negative consequences, such as embarrassment and humiliation.
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I can admit now that the project I conceived was far too unrealistic and overambitious. I was rightly punished for my hubris.
In business you can never afford to rest on your laurels or think that you’ve made it. That’s why I always tell people to practice humility over hubris.
Emma believes that humans have arrogantly and short-sightedly mistreated the planet and that Nature is now punishing us for our hubris.