April 11, 2021

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Word of the Day: hubris

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: overbearing pride or presumption

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The word hubris has appeared in 134 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 21 in “Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You?” by Kashmir Hill and Jeremy White:

Humans err, of course: We overlook or glaze past the flaws in these systems, all too quick to trust that computers are hyper-rational, objective, always right. Studies have shown that, in situations where humans and computers must cooperate to make a decision — to identify fingerprints or human faces — people consistently made the wrong identification when a computer nudged them to do so. In the early days of dashboard GPS systems, drivers famously followed the devices’ directions to a fault, sending cars into lakes, off cliffs and into trees.

Is this humility or hubris? Do we place too little value in human intelligence — or do we overrate it, assuming we are so smart that we can create things smarter still?

Can you correctly use the word hubris in a sentence?

Based on the definition and example provided, write a sentence using today’s Word of the Day and share it as a comment on this article. It is most important that your sentence makes sense and demonstrates that you understand the word’s definition, but we also encourage you to be creative and have fun.

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If you want a better idea of how hubris can be used in a sentence, read these usage examples on Vocabulary.com.

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