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 The Oxford team that developed the vaccine was bold - but also appeared arrogant to many scientists on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. BostonGlobe.com, "AstraZeneca, once touted as a pandemic slayer, faces challenges," 21 Mar. 2021 The Oxford team that developed the vaccine was bold — but also appeared arrogant to many scientists on both sides of the ocean. Washington Post, "AstraZeneca, once touted as a pandemic slayer, faces challenges," 21 Mar. 2021 No one else would testify about any connection between the men, but jurors would hear witness testimony, and statements made by the prosecutor, that Kensu was rude, arrogant and fancied himself a ninja. NBC News, "Is Temujin Kensu a 'ninja killer' or wrongfully convicted man?," 21 Mar. 2021 After that, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Wilson for an official dressing-down and condemned the article (link in Chinese) as arrogant, prejudiced, and manipulative. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Weibo diplomacy is an impossible problem for China," 12 Mar. 2021 An arrogant, methodical FBI agent must join forces with a foul-mouthed, erratic Boston detective to bring down a ruthless drug lord. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Lust for Life’; ‘Platoon’ and more," 5 Mar. 2021 The only casting misstep is Schwarzenegger, who perfectly fits the arrogant, good-looking archetype but happens to look his actual age, which is 27. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "In Moxie, They Are Young Women, Hear Them (Nicely) Roar," 3 Mar. 2021 Recall that there was a time when this seemed like an audacious, even arrogant, goal. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "Tiger Woods and Another Terrible Turn of Fate," 25 Feb. 2021 Wealthy, arrogant and notoriously short-tempered, Hall dressed as a man, in a suit and tie, with her hair cropped short, cigar usually in hand. Selina Hastings, WSJ, "Five Best: Lives of Literary Lesbians," 19 Feb. 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 10 Apr. 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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