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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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 Goudreau could come off as arrogant and off-putting, MacDonald said. Anchorage Daily News, "How an ex-Green Beret and a defecting general planned to capture Venezuela’s president," 11 May 2020 Some think its arrogant and tone deaf to hold the event during the coronavirus pandemic. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Lack of information prior to NFL draft might be a good thing for teams," 5 Apr. 2020 The angry-crusader angle revealed sanctimonious media self-congratulation at its most arrogant yet maudlin, and its sacrilegious offense was compounded by the aesthetic offense of its dreary indie-movie visual style. Armond White, National Review, "In By the Grace of God, Insight Surpasses PC Righteousness," 18 Oct. 2019 The decision is still viewed as one of the most arrogant moments in footballing history., "World Cup Countdown: 18 Weeks to Go - The Pre-War Pele & Bicycle Kick King Leônidas," 16 Feb. 2018 At a time when most states have shuttered all non-essential businesses, when cases and death tolls are continuing to spike, going ahead with the draft April 23-25 seems to be both arrogant and oblivious. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: If NFL is going to hold draft, at least it's going to benefit relief efforts," 10 Apr. 2020 But lawmakers' request for in-person Easter services is arrogant and irresponsible. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee faith leaders say they support ban on public worship, push back against Republicans' request for holiday exceptions," 8 Apr. 2020 Mr Putin looked like an ageing autocrat, vengeful, arrogant and bored. The Economist, "An awful week for Vladimir Putin," 12 Dec. 2019 Both events have harnessed broader discontent with the policies of Macron, who is viewed both by both yellow vest protesters and labor activists as arrogant and disconnected from their daily struggles., "Even as the strength of the long-running yellow vest protests has dissipated over the year, the movement’s simmering anger at the president ran smack dab this weekend into the latest turmoil over his pension plans.," 7 Dec. 2019

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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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“Arrogant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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 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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