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 v.  defeat; cover completely or make imperceptible; overcome by superior force ; charge someone with too many tasks
Classic Sentence: (125 in 9 pages)
1  But I scarcely observed this; rage and hatred had at first deprived me of utterance, and I recovered only to overwhelm him with words expressive of furious detestation and contempt.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 10
2  Little did I then expect the calamity that was in a few moments to overwhelm me and extinguish in horror and despair all fear of ignominy or death.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 20
3  And when one is slapped in the face--why then the consciousness of being rubbed into a pulp would positively overwhelm one.
Notes from the Underground By Fyodor Dostoevsky
Context  Highlight   In PART 1: II
4  More than anything she feared lest the confusion she felt might overwhelm her and betray her as soon as she saw him.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 12: CHAPTER VI
5  History neglects nearly all these particulars, and cannot do otherwise; the infinity would overwhelm it.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER I—THE YEAR 1817
6  "Do not overwhelm me with happiness," cried d'Artagnan, throwing himself on his knees, and covering with kisses the hands abandoned to him.
The Three Musketeers By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In 36 DREAM OF VENGEANCE
7  Oh, count, you overwhelm me with that coolness.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 94. Maximilian's Avowal.
8  You must not think anymore about the hard things I said in my first moment of consternation, when I thought everything was going to overwhelm me.
A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen
Context  Highlight   In ACT III
9  Rouse thy winds to fury, and overwhelm their sinking vessels, or drive them asunder and strew ocean with their bodies.
The Aeneid By Virgil
Context  Highlight   In BOOK FIRST
10  But this discovery was so great and overwhelming that all the steps by which I had been progressively led to it were obliterated, and I beheld only the result.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 4
11  'I am about to undertake that task; and it is on that account that I feel so many overwhelming terrors.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 15
12  The wind arose; the sea roared; and, as with the mighty shock of an earthquake, it split and cracked with a tremendous and overwhelming sound.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 24
13  To my overwhelming surprise the living room was deserted.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 5
14  Mr. Micawber's difficulties are almost overwhelming just at present,' said Mrs. Micawber; 'and whether it is possible to bring him through them, I don't know.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
15  Glancing round as I made a suitable reply, I observed that the family effects were already packed, and that the amount of luggage was by no means overwhelming.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 36. ENTHUSIASM
Example Sentence: (33 in 3 pages)
16  John said the overwhelming demand for transportation fuels will again accentuate the need for increased drilling, but that might take months.
17  Latino citizens responded to the aggressive immigration reform by voting for him in overwhelming numbers.
18  At one point, we veered off the beach, onto a golf course, where the serenity is almost overwhelming.
19  It becomes so overwhelming that I just disengage from the situation, and think my own thoughts.
20  Without special equipment the chromosphere cannot normally be seen due to its being washed out by the overwhelming brightness of the photosphere.
21  Countries overwhelmed by the human tide of refugees want safe havens set up at once.
22  Scotland's wild salmon population is in danger of being overwhelmed by the farmed variety.
23  Government troops have overwhelmed the rebels and seized control of the capital.
24  Harriet was overwhelmed by a feeling of homesickness.
25  The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.
26  Any short-term detriment will be overwhelmed by the long-term utility of a station at Woolwich.
27  Freddy was so overwhelmed by the profusion of choices on the menu that he knocked over his wine glass and soaked his host.
28  Indian manufacturers complain of being overwhelmed by cheap Chinese goods and want to find ways of competing.
29  Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill.
30  The local economy is overwhelmingly dependent on oil and gas extraction.