Synonyms for overwhelming


1. overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtake, arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke
usage: overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
2. overwhelm, deluge, flood out, charge, saddle, burden
usage: charge someone with too many tasks
3. submerge, drown, overwhelm, cover, spread over
usage: cover completely or make imperceptible; "I was drowned in work"; "The noise drowned out her speech"
4. overpower, overmaster, overwhelm, beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
usage: overcome by superior force


1. overpowering, overwhelming, irresistible (vs. resistible), resistless
usage: so strong as to be irresistible; "an overpowering need for solitude"; "the temptation to despair may become overwhelming"; "an overwhelming majority"
2. consuming, overwhelming, intense (vs. mild)
usage: very intense; "politics is his consuming passion"; "overwhelming joy"
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