overpowering


overpowering
UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈpaʊərɪŋ] / US [ˌoʊvərˈpaʊrɪŋ] adjective
1)
a) an overpowering smell or taste is very strong

the overpowering stench of rotting fish

b) an overpowering feeling is so strong that you cannot control it
2) someone with an overpowering personality or manner is able to control other people or situations

Derived word:
overpoweringly
adverb

English dictionary. 2014.

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