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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Some people, including this writer, consider such things to be intrusive, arrogant and rude by design. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Le Pen has accused the incumbent of being arrogant and aloof. Grayson Quay, The Week, 23 Apr. 2022 By the early 1990s, the Grammy voting body had become ever more out-of-touch, complacent, arrogant and, most of all, old. Jem Aswad, Variety, 2 Apr. 2022 The new Carlton is entitled, arrogant and wildly jealous of Will, which leads to some extraordinarily bad behavior, both at home and at school. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 Two women with guitars, coming on fierce, cool, arrogant, lusty, funny, not the least bit apologetic. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 7 Apr. 2022 Executives who turn their backs on the major events in the world around them will be seen as arrogant, naive, insensitive, or all the above. Cheryl Naumann, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2022 The judge called the defendant selfish, arrogant and narcissistic during the sentencing. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 10 Mar. 2022 The Fricks are arrogant, with an air of entitlement, though that term may not have existed then. Oline H. Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Arrogant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arrogant. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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