arrogant

adjective
ar·​ro·​gant | \ ˈer-ə-gənt How to pronounce arrogant (audio) , ˈa-rə- \

Definition of arrogant

1 : exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one's own worth or importance often by an overbearing manner an arrogant official
2 : showing an offensive attitude of superiority : proceeding from or characterized by arrogance an arrogant reply

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arrogantly adverb

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proud, arrogant, haughty, lordly, insolent, overbearing, supercilious, disdainful mean showing scorn for inferiors. proud may suggest an assumed superiority or loftiness. too proud to take charity arrogant implies a claiming for oneself of more consideration or importance than is warranted. a conceited and arrogant executive haughty suggests a consciousness of superior birth or position. a haughty aristocrat lordly implies pomposity or an arrogant display of power. a lordly condescension insolent implies contemptuous haughtiness. ignored by an insolent waiter overbearing suggests a tyrannical manner or an intolerable insolence. an overbearing supervisor supercilious implies a cool, patronizing haughtiness. an aloof and supercilious manner disdainful suggests a more active and openly scornful superciliousness. disdainful of their social inferiors

Examples of arrogant in a Sentence

Tim Blixseth, the founder of the Yellowstone Club and other gated hideaways, tells Frank: "I don't like most rich people. They can be arrogant." This from a man who owns two Shih Tzus named Learjet and G2. — Alex Beam, New York Times Book Review, 10 June 2007 Arrogant execs are not the only targets of investors' ire.  … There's no telling how much money analysts such as Meeker cost investors with their interminable buy recommendations on Internet stocks that eventually went bust. — Marcia Vickers et al., Business Week, 25 Feb. 2002 Despite her social and business status in Washington, Graham remained unassuming and down to earth. Her quiet but steady courage affirmed women such as Geneva Overhosler, a former editor and Post ombudsman, by showing a woman could be powerful without being arrogant. — Mark Fitzgerald et al., Editor & Publisher, 23 July 2001 Shakespeare must have known that while his audiences loved to see villains punished and arrogant young men humbled, they did not want to fidget and squirm through mea culpas before the final scene. — Elaine Showalter, Civilization, April/May 1999 She's first in her class, but she's not arrogant about it. the arrogant young lawyer elbowed his way to the head of the line of customers, declaring that he was too busy to wait like everybody else
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Recent Examples on the Web Some Apple executives felt those interactions showed that Mr. Zuckerberg was arrogant, this person added. New York Times, "Breaking Point: How Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook Became Foes," 26 Apr. 2021 This is Hercule Poirot in a nutshell: at once arrogant and sympathetic, vain and vulnerable, a dandified snob deeply attuned to the problems of other people. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’ Review: The Mind and the Mustache," 16 Apr. 2021 It was caused by a reckless, arrogant and dangerous police officer displaying a depraved indifference to human life. Paul Callan, CNN, "The fatal obstacles for Chauvin's defense," 13 Apr. 2021 There was deep resentment toward what is perceived to be a government by a bunch of rather arrogant, out-of-touch yuppies, to use a somewhat anachronistic term. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How the Pandemic Changed Europe," 15 Apr. 2021 But in the arrogant, insular world of the Tatmadaw, such considerations are unimportant. Clarissa Ward, CNN, "Myanmar's military has underestimated the strength, will and bravery of its own people," 9 Apr. 2021 The plan the Warriors called visionary, others called hubris-filled, naïve and arrogant. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors president Rick Welts to retire, leaving an indelible Bay Area legacy," 8 Apr. 2021 As part of developing the campaign, the visitors bureau conducted focus groups on the city’s brand, which found Boston is still perceived as being racist, along with being male-dominated and arrogant. BostonGlobe.com, "Can Boston’s new ‘All Inclusive’ tourism campaign help change its racist image?," 5 Apr. 2021 An arrogant, methodical FBI agent must join forces with a foul-mouthed, erratic Boston detective to bring down a ruthless drug lord. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of arrogant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arrogant

Middle English arrogant, arragaunt, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin arrogant-, arrogans "insolent, overbearing, presumptuous," from present participle of arrogāre "to lay claim to, claim to possess, be conceited" — more at arrogate

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“Arrogant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arrogant. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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arrogant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of arrogant

: having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people : having or showing arrogance

arrogant

adjective
ar·​ro·​gant | \ ˈer-ə-gənt How to pronounce arrogant (audio) \

Kids Definition of arrogant

: showing the attitude of a person who is overly proud of himself or herself or of his or her own opinions

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