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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First Known Use of arrogance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrogance

Middle English arrogaunce, errogaunce, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French arrogance, arrogaunce, borrowed from Latin arrogantia, noun derivative of arrogant-, arrogans "insolent, overbearing, arrogant"

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

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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Arrogance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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


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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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