Overwhelm it’s a concept which is linked to the idea of vassal: one who depends on a monarch or a feudal lord. The verb overwhelm, in this way, refers to subdue, subdue or tyrannize.
Subjugation is usually linked to a authoritarian and lacking in respect. When one person overpowers another, they do not take into account their Rights nor does it respect their opinions or requests. The action to subjugate can also be carried out by an organization or an entity, even by the State.
For example: “If the government decides to overwhelm the rights of workers, we are going to demonstrate in the streets and squares throughout the country”, “The opposition denounced that the president intends to subjugate democracy”, “I do not like to overwhelm my employees: I prefer to leave them the necessary space to express themselves”.
For someone to be able to overwhelm another, a situation of inequality. The underdog is in a position of weakness, which is taken advantage of by the overbearing. Otherwise, the enslavement would be resisted and prevented.
Starting from this meaning, we can establish that what an abuser does with his partner is to subjugate her, so that she is completely subject to his wishes. In the same way, those who carry out school bullying also bet on overwhelming the victim, who is absolutely subjugated by those who insult, like and humiliate him in multiple ways.
Dominating, oppressing, subjugating, abusing, subduing or tyrannizing are, therefore, synonyms of the term to subjugate that now occupies us. On the contrary, other words such as redress or liberate could be considered antonyms.
On the ground of sport, the idea of overpowering with respect to clearly overcome the rival. If a soccer team, after 15 minutes of play, manages to prevail by two to zero, it could be said that it is managing to overwhelm its opponent. If the result then remains unchanged, or even manages to be reversed by the rival team, it will no longer be possible to speak of subjugation. Therefore, in this case, the notion is linked to a specific state or moment.
In literature, the term that we are now addressing has been used even to give titles to certain works. This would be the case, for example, of the book “Do not be overwhelmed”, written by Peter Lauster and published in 1978.
In the same way, we cannot ignore the existence of an expression that also uses the word at hand. We are referring to “push questions”. It is used to indicate that one person is subjecting another to almost an interrogation without giving him time to speak, that is, that he is only dedicated to answering what is being asked.
Many circumstances may be those that lead to the use of that aforementioned expression. An example would be the following: “Eva’s father overwhelmed her boyfriend with questions on his first visit to the family home.”