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Examples of arriviste in a Sentence
the town's old money immediately shunned these vulgar arrivistes, who may have had the cash but certainly not the class
Recent Examples of arriviste from the Web
Or—my personal favorite—Matthew Macfadyen as Shiv‘s arriviste, excruciatingly gauche boyfriend, Tom.
Even in the early days of the Quattrocento, contemporary chroniclers were already waxing bitter about these money-lending arrivistes with their boorish habits and their pretensions to dictatorship.
Actresses from Jane Seymour to Gina McKee have struggled to nail her distinctive accent: Southern belle meets arriviste aristocrat.
Spectacle, arriviste or not, was a rarity this New York Fashion Week.
In the context, it's intended to be a colorful Yiddish insult, but the attribution in various stories seems designed to cast Rosen as a new-money arriviste, part of a horde who prefer Kanye and Jeff Koons over Pablo Picasso and the Ballets Russes.
The pretenders, the arrivistes, the people who go to be Seen.
Members of his Cabinet, by contrast, seem like gauche arrivistes, riding their boss’s coattails at great taxpayer expense.
Will the first regular shuttled past a familiar table filled with finance arrivistes on the walk of shame to the back room on a Wednesday turn right around and walk out, never to return ?
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Did You Know?
An arriviste is someone who is just beginning to "arrive," in the sense of achieving success or making a name for oneself. Often the word can have slightly negative connotations, indicating a person who is highly aggressive or perhaps unscrupulous in his or her climb to the top. Like its synonym parvenu, arriviste can also indicate a lack of certainty or confidence in one's newfound position. Arriviste is something of a new arrival itself, relatively speaking. English speakers borrowed the term from French in the early 20th century.
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