ar·​ro·​gant | \ˈer-ə-gənt, 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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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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Macfayden makes the easy-to-dislike Henry a complex mixture of arrogant and vulnerable. Kristi Turnquist,, "TV This Week: 'Howards End'; 'Killing Eve'; 'Deadliest Catch'; 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'," 8 Apr. 2018 The New England Patriots, with arguably the most arrogant of fan bases, will square off against the Philadelphia Eagles, with arguably the most obnoxious of fan bases. Steve Jagler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jagler: The Super Bowl is Andrea Mokros' party," 2 Feb. 2018 The guy in those e-mails, by contrast, was confident, arrogant, and fantastically filthy. Anonymous, Marie Claire, "My Boyfriend's Secret Life—as Anthony Weiner 2.0," 19 Oct. 2016 Although John's likable demeanor is very different from Castle's arrogant attitude, fans are absolutely loving Fillion in this role—and many Twitter users took to the platform to show their appreciation for LAPD's newest officer. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Nathan Fillion's New Show 'The Rookie' Just Premiered and Fans Are Losing It," 17 Oct. 2018 That goes also for David Aron Damane as the swaggering strongman Husky, with his booming bass notes, and for Tramell Tillman as the arrogant Sergeant Brown, his meanness stoked by Carmen's preference for Joe over him. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Carmen Jones': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 Over its 1,200-year lifespan, the English monarchy has been repeatedly rescued, and sometimes rescued itself, from monarchs who have been incompetent, overambitious, and arrogant. Patt Morrison,, "After centuries of practice, Britain's royals figure out how to turn a wedding into a global watch party," 17 May 2018 According to Pew Research, 89% of Brits see Trump as arrogant and three quarters have no confidence in him to do the right thing in world affairs. David Lammy, Time, "I'm a British Lawmaker. Here's Why I’m Protesting Trump’s Visit to the U.K.," 10 July 2018 Nauru described Morris's statement as arrogant and disrespectful and said press freedom had not been restricted. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "Nauru criticized for banning Australian state broadcaster," 4 July 2018

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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, from Latin arrogant-, arrogans, present participle of arrogare — see arrogate

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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


ar·​ro·​gant | \ˈer-ə-gənt \

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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