ar·​ro·​gance | \ ˈer-ə-gən(t)s, ˈa-rə-\

Definition of arrogance

: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions

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Examples of arrogance in a Sentence

He was like a movie star at his high school reunion, muting his arrogance and trying to be a regular guy for old times' sake. He seemed to genuinely appreciate the honor. — Carlo Rotella, New York Times Sports Magazine, June 2008 This kind of official arrogance is not new, of course, although it is perhaps more common in dictatorships than in democracies. — Ian Buruma, New York Times Book Review, 17 Sept. 2006 Arrogance is, at once, what an athlete most needs and what fans least want to see. — Dan Le Batard, ESPN, 15 Mar. 2004 A British expat who could have stepped out of a Graham Greene plot, Twyman makes an improbable Jamaican hero. His self-assurance borders on arrogance, particularly when something is not done precisely the way he would do it himself. — Barry Estabrook, Gourmet, July 2003 Her arrogance has earned her a lot of enemies. We were shocked by the arrogance of his comments.
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Spaceflight, First Man emphasizes, is messy and dangerous, and assuming that humanity has mastered any of it is the height of arrogance. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "First Man is one of the most intense space movies of all time," 12 Sep. 2018 Additionally, these individuals have displayed appallingly bad professional judgment, as well as arrogance and disdain for our laws, political processes and the American people in general. WSJ, "Not a Dumb Idea to Revoke Clearances for Ex-Officials," 26 July 2018 The companies that were scattering these scooters everywhere, like Bird and Lime, seemed to epitomize tech-bro arrogance. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Bird’s electric scooters are getting more rugged to handle heavy use," 24 Sep. 2018 Scientists’ conclusion that the Earth’s surface temperature should not rise above 2 degrees Celsius comes not from arrogance, but from peer review. Emily Atkin, New Republic, "First, Pruitt denied climate change. Now he says it might be good for you.," 7 Feb. 2018 This darkly funny, plot-twisting novel from Enrico Pellegrini is about ambition and arrogance, and will entertain you in those final days of summer. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "The Five Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in September," 5 Sep. 2018 In the United States, arrogance and greed obviously trump mercy and compassion. Washington Post, "A new Poor People’s Campaign, but the same old obstacles," 6 Feb. 2018 Non-riders saw a swarm of locusts devouring precious inches of sidewalk and street, backed by companies that were the epitome of tech-bro arrogance. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 Can’t wait for the big non-announcement, the huge expired deadline, the furtherance of MLS arrogance. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: If you're 27 or younger, how do you rate Cincinnati's sports scene?," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of arrogance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrogance

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English Language Learners Definition of arrogance

: an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people


ar·​ro·​gance | \ ˈer-ə-gəns \

Kids Definition of arrogance

: a person's sense of his or her own importance that shows itself in a proud and insulting way

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