arrogance

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noun 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

Examples of arrogance in a Sentence

  1. 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 RotellaNew York Times Sports MagazineJune 2008
  2. This kind of official arrogance is not new, of course, although it is perhaps more common in dictatorships than in democracies. —Ian BurumaNew York Times Book Review17 Sept. 2006
  3. Arrogance is, at once, what an athlete most needs and what fans least want to see. —Dan Le BatardESPN15 Mar. 2004
  4. 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 EstabrookGourmetJuly 2003
  5. Her arrogance has earned her a lot of enemies.

  6. We were shocked by the arrogance of his comments.

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Origin and Etymology of arrogance


ARROGANCE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of arrogance for English Language Learners

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


ARROGANCE Defined for Kids

arrogance

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noun ar·ro·gance \ ˈer-ə-gəns \

Definition of arrogance for Students

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


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