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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Recent Examples on the Web Audience members see the performers as children, jubilantly playing with toy planes and learning to fly, then growing to adulthood and experimenting with wings and propellers, and then experiencing the wrath of the gods who punish their arrogance. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Walk-through experiences the highlight this years Without Walls Festival," 19 Oct. 2019 My arrogance and chronic distraction has created wreckage. Lynette Rice,, "Mayans M.C. and Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter has been fired from FX," 17 Oct. 2019 Yet Bronson also had a tendency to alienate his wealthy followers with his extremism and arrogance, leading to the closure of one educational venture after another. Grace Lovelace, Smithsonian, "The New ‘Little Women’ Brings Louisa May Alcott’s Real Life to the Big Screen," 18 Dec. 2019 That popular appeal would fuel his historically lopsided reelection in 1972; the arrogance that came with that dominant showing would speed his undoing., "Fifty years ago Sunday night, President Richard M. Nixon sat in the Oval Office and delivered a nationally televised speech whose content is almost universally forgotten today, but, like so many major presidential addresses, is remembered for one phrase: “silent majority.’’," 3 Nov. 2019 The arrogance of many in his entourage, and the playboy lifestyle of some of the elite, seem to have alienated traditional conservative Hungarian voters. The Economist, "Why Hungary’s ruling party lost Budapest," 19 Oct. 2019 Reacting to the arrogance and disdain of the globalized urban upper crust, these voters drove the election of Donald Trump, the support for Brexit, and the rise of populist parties across Europe. Joel Kotkin, National Review, "The Return to Serfdom," 25 July 2019 That also explains why Riep, without a shred of arrogance, did not express surprise about the quality of his performance. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "How Ohio State football’s Amir Riep appreciates seized his place in the Michigan rivalry," 5 Dec. 2019 Instead, the story has been an unrelenting barrage of chaos, arrogance, panic, overreaction, defensiveness, and even the occasional act of vengeance against critics—an act that seemed to carry the echoes of antisemitism. Wired, "Mark Zuckerberg Needs to Shut Up," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of arrogance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrogance

see arrogant

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The first known use of arrogance was in the 14th century

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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Arrogance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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