ar·​ro·​gance ˈer-ə-gən(t)s How to pronounce arrogance (audio)
: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions

Examples of arrogance in a Sentence

He was like a movie star at his high school reunion, muting his arrogance and trying to be a regular guy for old times' sake. He seemed to genuinely appreciate the honor. Carlo Rotella, New York Times Sports Magazine, June 2008
This kind of official arrogance is not new, of course, although it is perhaps more common in dictatorships than in democracies. Ian Buruma, New York Times Book Review, 17 Sept. 2006
Arrogance is, at once, what an athlete most needs and what fans least want to see. Dan Le Batard, ESPN, 15 Mar. 2004
A British expat who could have stepped out of a Graham Greene plot, Twyman makes an improbable Jamaican hero. His self-assurance borders on arrogance, particularly when something is not done precisely the way he would do it himself. Barry Estabrook, Gourmet, July 2003
Her arrogance has earned her a lot of enemies. We were shocked by the arrogance of his comments. See More
Recent Examples on the Web He gets lost in his own answers and projects a novel mixture of arrogance and nearly complete ignorance of any issue that calls for reasoning. Jim Newton, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024 As much as Keith could exude arrogance, his pre-9/11 songwriting could also be self-effacing, casting him as an unreliable narrator who falls prey to his own pride and overconfidence. Nadine Smith, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2024 That arrogance took a hit when the quality of play at Pyeongchang in 2018 and Beijing in 2022 was far inferior to the tournaments that had included NHL players. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 Several years ago, a client wanted Zenger Folkman to measure arrogance and humility using a 360-degree assessment. Joseph Folkman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The glaring presence of the immense empty lot next door, at Pleasant Valley Avenue and Broadway, underscores the arrogance of those who propose this development. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 22 Jan. 2024 But the menace that really stands out in the filmmakers’ depiction is law enforcement negligence, including a pattern of victim-blaming and ass-covering that let two innocent people twist in the wind out of arrogance and laziness. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 20 Jan. 2024 Or arrogance, as Piotrovsky had implied back at the Hermitage? Elettra Pauletto, Harper's Magazine, 11 Dec. 2023 Ultimately, the conference collapsed because of the governing board’s lethal mix of ignorance, arrogance and incompetence. Jon Wilner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English arrogaunce, errogaunce, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French arrogance, arrogaunce, borrowed from Latin arrogantia, noun derivative of arrogant-, arrogans "insolent, overbearing, arrogant"

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arrogance was in the 14th century

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“Arrogance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


ar·​ro·​gance ˈar-ə-gən(t)s How to pronounce arrogance (audio)
: a sense of one's own importance that shows itself in a proud and insulting way

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