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hubris

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(in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc., ultimately causing the transgressor's ruin
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But like many other members of the human race I have from the cradle grown to abhor everything that pertains to the England soccer team - the xenophobic, hubristic and supremacist fervour of the media, the post-imperialist superiority complex of the fans and perhaps above all the fatuous expectation that the other home nations should join with them in their visigothic quest to conquer the world.
But the effect was the same - a politician pointlessly trying to dodge a journalist's question when he has already damned himself out of his own, hubristic mouth.
Bush's declaration of "mission accomplished" in Iraq five years ago was as hubristic as his current assessment that the "surge" has "delivered a major strategic victory in the broader war on terror" is a fantasy.
No matter, says the IFS, that is cyclical stuff and for all his hubristic boasts about ending 'boom and bust', not even this Chancellor has abolished the business cycle.
It was a far cry from the hubristic Budgets delivered by Gordon Brown, when he tried to outbid the Conservatives as a tax cutter and boasted of presiding over the longest period of sustained economic growth in UK history.
In his hubristic bid to "lead Europe on climate change" (the thought of Mr Brown leading Europe on anything is risible) he told John Hutton, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, to ignore the experts who warned that even a much lower target than 7,000, which represents one every half mile of coastline, was not achievable.
But, sinking his teeth into a rollercoaster of mood changes, ripe dialogue and hubristic fall climax, it's the ferociously white hot Washington who carries the Day.
Culture Minister Barbara Follett "The claim to have abolished boom and bust was one of the most foolish, one of the most hubristic, one of the most irresponsible claims ever made by a British Prime Minister"
Only Mr Mandelson could be so hubristic as to believe his fall from grace was a "technicality" rather than the result of his own idiocy.
But he was at his most hubristic during Iain Duncan Smith's last stand at the Dispatch Box at Prime Minister's Question Time on October 29.
Of all those connected with the event only the hubristic Al Fayed continues to lift the funeral veil on the departed.
It is widely believed that his attempt to hold back the tide was a hubristic failure to overcome the forces of nature, but historians generally agree that he was in fact trying to prove to his subjects that the Earth was ruled by a far greater power than him.