ar·​ro·​gance | \ ˈer-ə-gən(t)s How to pronounce arrogance (audio) , ˈa-rə- \

Essential Meaning of arrogance

: an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people Her arrogance has earned her a lot of enemies. We were shocked by the arrogance of his comments. They have an arrogance about them. [=there is something in their behavior that seems arrogant]

Full Definition of arrogance

: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions

Keep scrolling for more

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 Lingering doubts can’t prevent you from a top performance, but arrogance or overconfidence could prevent you from doing your very best. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2021 That level of arrogance and detachment from reality is dangerous. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 12 Sep. 2021 Prescott’s teammates shared his arrogance-free confidence, Cooper and running back Ezekiel Elliott among those who dismissed any notion that the quarterback’s performance impressed them. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 Some would say this attitude smacks of entitled rock-god arrogance. Sergio Burstein, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 Two decades ago, the Twin Towers were attacked because they were seen as emblems of capitalist arrogance; the complex that replaced them is a monument to overweening caution. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 31 Aug. 2021 And so Ace takes cheap shots at Bobby during the match and follows it up with some good old-fashioned arrogance aimed at the audience. Kimberly Potts, Vulture, 29 Aug. 2021 The fall of Afghanistan is, more than anything else, the result of U.S. political-military arrogance and incompetence at the senior levels over the past 20 years. Hy Rothstein, WSJ, 22 Aug. 2021 Woodson describes Bates as possessing the good kind of athletic arrogance, that which comes from hard work and results to show for it. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'arrogance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of arrogance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrogance

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"

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About arrogance

Time Traveler for arrogance

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near arrogance




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for arrogance

Last Updated

23 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Arrogance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for arrogance


ar·​ro·​gance | \ ˈer-ə-gəns How to pronounce arrogance (audio) \

Kids Definition of arrogance

: a person's sense of his or her own importance that shows itself in a proud and insulting way

More from Merriam-Webster on arrogance

Nglish: Translation of arrogance for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of arrogance for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!