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WOTD      
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 27th May 2018
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hubris (noun) HOO-bris



Pride, arrogance, insolence, over-confidence inviting a downfall.

Lebrecht admires the entrepreneurial cheek that built the classical industry, but deplores the same hubris in the executives who destroyed it.

Michael Faber, The Guardian, 21 April 2007, Guardian
reviewing Norman Lebrecht's Maestros, Masterpieces and Madness: The Secret Life and Shameful Death of the Classical Record Industry. Amazon

The story unfolds with the grim inevitability of hubris inviting humiliation - if Euripides had ever tried ghosting football memoirs he could not have done it better.

Alfred Hickling, The Guardian, 14 April 2007, Guardian
reviewing David Peace's The Damned Utd. Amazon

The islanders of Orkney are at ease with death, "the bride of silence", and a fierce morality underpins the tales so that humility is rewarded and hubris is never allowed to go unpunished.

Alex Peake-Tomkinson, The Guardian, 4 November 2006, Guardian
reviewing George Mackay Brown's Winter Tales. Amazon

Because its structure and the targets of its satire — vanity, greed and lust — hark back to Molière, “The Valet” offers a reassuring vision of a fixed social order, bourgeois to the core, in which virtue is rewarded and hubris exposed.

Stephen Holden, The New York Times, 20 April 2007, New York Times
reviewing the movie The Valet. (DVD not yet released.)




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