ar·​ro·​gance | \ ˈer-ə-gən(t)s How to pronounce arrogance (audio) , 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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Many have long worried about the prince’s ambition and perceived arrogance. Souad Mekhennet, The Seattle Times, "Nations fear fallout could trigger instability in the region," 23 Oct. 2018 And then, of course, there’s Nolan Hotchkiss (Chris Mason), whose wealth, family name, arrogance and entitlement feel very much like the O.G. Alison. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, ""Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists" Season One Successfully Smashed the Dollhouse of the Original Series and Empowered Its Leading Women," 22 May 2019 Even if true, that pales in comparison to the PT’s arrogance. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Brazil’s Trumpian Candidate," 30 Sep. 2018 So maybe what makes Holmes so compelling, then, isn't her apparent arrogance or some intense commitment to scamming her investors and customers. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Elizabeth Holmes Is a Tragic Figure," 18 Mar. 2019 If all thoroughbreds are alphas, Justify seems an extreme case, with a confidence bordering on arrogance, more pushy than regal. Liz Clarke,, "Justify's path to cusp of Triple Crown is unusual. But so is training a 1,380-pound athlete.," 7 June 2018 There’s a certain arrogance to the some of the business talk, [which is] also [often] mistaken as kind of plain-talking. Vogue, "Watch an Exclusive Clip of Halston Before Its Sundance Premiere—And Read What the Director and Producer Say About Its Making," 23 Jan. 2019 Snobbery and arrogance are not humanitarian traits. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Samantha Markle flying to London to seek meeting with half-sister Meghan Markle, publicist says," 25 Sep. 2018 Caldbeck argues that a combination of competition, arrogance and a lack of deep industry knowledge has led to venture capital investments that saddle consumer brands with unrealistic valuations — and expectations. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "The rise of giant consumer startups that said no to investor money," 29 Aug. 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 How to pronounce arrogance (audio) \

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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