arrogance

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

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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

There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "SA native Reed is the same golf nerd he always was," 10 Apr. 2018 And his self-confidence can easily come over as an arrogance that could tip over into hubris. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron, the resolutely modern philosopher king," 13 June 2018 That does sound arrogant, but it was earned arrogance. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Warriors' Greatness May Annoy Some but They Aren't Going Anywhere," 9 June 2018 Criticism and academia are two professions that can breed a baseless intellectual arrogance, because there are no consequences. San Francisco Chronicle, "Is the underlying message of “Chappaquiddick” pro-Trump?," 18 Apr. 2018 First, that the president, so often accused of arrogance, is in fact listening. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron’s popularity hits a new low," 12 July 2018 The vast majority of supporters were unimpressed with the former England manager's tactics and 'arrogance', and were pleased when news came of his sacking earlier this month. SI.com, "Everton 'Confident' of Finally Unveiling Marco Silva as New Manager This Week," 29 May 2018 They won’t be cowed by Jones’ colossal wealth and arrogance, nor by politician threats. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday Punch: How Stephen Curry could change the NFL," 24 Mar. 2018 Wearing snug, flame-color dresses (Ann Hould-Ward is the costume designer), her hips rolling like waves in a gentle surf, Ms. Rose nails the contemptuous arrogance of the sexiest girl in a small town. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Bad Girl Makes Good in a Glorious ‘Carmen Jones’," 27 June 2018

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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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arrogance

noun

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

arrogance

noun
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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