The Word of the Day for Apr 15 is:
hubris \HYOO-bris\ noun
: exaggerated pride or self-confidence
Many have fallen into the trap of Icarus, and soar, overcome with hubris, until their pride is thwarted and rude reality hurls them earthward again.
Did you know?
English picked up both the concept of hubris and the term for that particular brand of cockiness from the ancient Greeks, who considered hubris a dangerous character flaw capable of provoking the wrath of the gods. In classical Greek tragedy, hubris was often a fatal shortcoming that brought about the fall of the tragic hero. Typically, overconfidence led the hero to attempt to overstep the boundaries of human limitations and assume a godlike status, and the gods inevitably humbled the offender with a sharp reminder of his or her mortality.
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Steven's overconfidence often reached a level of hubris.