1 Again the abbe had been obliged to swallow a draught of water to calm the emotions that threatened to overpower him.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre DumasContext Highlight In Chapter 26. The Pont du Gard Inn.
2 Mr. Collins was carefully instructing them in what they were to expect, that the sight of such rooms, so many servants, and so splendid a dinner, might not wholly overpower them.
3 It is impossible to describe the extremity of terror which seized upon the Jew at this information, and seemed at once to overpower his whole faculties.
4 Even to see Mr. Crawford would be less overpowering.
5 Having introduced him, however, and being all reseated, the terrors that occurred of what this visit might lead to were overpowering, and she fancied herself on the point of fainting away.
6 All the overpowering, blinding, bewildering, first effects of strong surprise were over with her.
7 "Well, there are practical reasons," Clym began, and then almost broke off under an overpowering sense of the weight of argument which could be brought against his statement.
Return of the Native By Thomas HardyContext Highlight In BOOK 3: 3 The First Act in a Timeworn Drama
8 He had once before felt in his own person this overpowering of the fervid by the inanimate; but then it had tended to enervate a passion far sweeter than that which at present pervaded him.
Return of the Native By Thomas HardyContext Highlight In BOOK 5: 3 Eustacia Dresses Herself on a Black Morning
9 It is a perfectly overpowering impulse, and I have more than once taken advantage of it.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan DoyleContext Highlight In I. A Scandal in Bohemia
10 Her violet eyes shining, her lips parted, a pink flush upon her cheeks, all thought of her natural reserve lost in her overpowering excitement and concern.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan DoyleContext Highlight In IV. THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY
11 It must, as you say, have been an overpowering necessity which tore him away in such a fashion, and the same necessity is likely to hold him away.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan DoyleContext Highlight In XI. THE ADVENTURE OF THE MISSING THREE-QUARTER
12 All the fiends of hell seemed screaming in her ears and her brain swirled with confusion and panic so overpowering she clung to the window sill for support.
13 At the thought of the kitchen, rage suddenly leaped up in Scarlett's breast, so sharply that it jabbed at her heart like a knife thrust, and fear fell away before her overpowering fury.
14 There was Robert's reproach making itself felt by a quicker, fiercer, more overpowering love, which had awakened within her toward him.
15 There came over her the acute longing which always summoned into her spiritual vision the presence of the beloved one, overpowering her at once with a sense of the unattainable.