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15:17 Jul 30, 2001
Greek to English translations [Non-PRO]
Greek term or phrase: hubris
the greek concept of "hubris" can best be translated as --- in english.
b-excessive pride
c-low self-esteem
d-fear of failure

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naHUBRISKon Vatskalis
nab - excessive prideIsodynamia
nab. Hubris always comes before a fall



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b. Hubris always comes before a fall

Try consulting the theme of hubris as a tragic motif (and generally we don't translate it, since "pride" falls a bit short). A man (usually a hero) with hubris is usually one who has dared to put himself on a par with the gods (Hercules, Orion, etc.)

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b - excessive pride

arrogant behaviour resulting from excessive pride, passion or power that goes beyond permissible levels

The other three answers aren't even close to the meaning of the word hubris.

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The word has survived through the centuries but with a somehow different meaning. In ancient Greek "hubris" means insolence or wanton violence stemming from excesive pride (Macquarie dictionary). In modern Greek the word has been transformed to mean swearing which can be explained as arrogance or disrespect accompanied by gestures or words mainly towards God or saints.

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