ar·​ro·​gant | \ ˈer-ə-gənt How to pronounce arrogant (audio) , ˈa-rə- \

Essential Meaning 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 an arrogant young attorney She's first in her class, but she's not arrogant about it. an arrogant remark/attitude

Full 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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Other Words from arrogant

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 top five characteristics assigned to Gen Z were: tech-savvy, materialistic, selfish, lazy, and arrogant. The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 That's Odafe, who went by his middle name because too many people mispronounced – or were perhaps simply too lazy, arrogant or insensitive to simply roll with Uh-DAH-fay. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2021 Recall supporters depicted the governor as an arrogant, out-of-touch leader who let homelessness and crime spiral out of control while driving middle-class people away with high taxes that never seem to fix anything. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 Facebook was led by an arrogant, taciturn 20-year-old and his sidekick, a pitchman named Sean Parker who had been in trouble with the law and had been ousted from his previous company. Sebastian Mallaby, The Atlantic, 14 Sep. 2021 Gender discrimination and arrogant men, but the three brilliant women refuse to cave and let their circumstances define their impact. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Sep. 2021 The divorce of writer-director Noah Baumbach's own parents served as the inspiration for his first film in 8 years, which starred Jesse Eisenberg, Laura Linney, and Daniels as arrogant Berkman patriarch, Bernard. Derek Lawrence,, 9 Sep. 2021 That’s been the arrogant attitude of The Walking Dead’s showrunners since Scott M. Gimple was in charge. Erik Kain, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 Burgess paints Coulter as a sort of arrogant, nihilistic Peter Pan to a gaggle of awkward, conservative Lost Boys. Judy Berman, Time, 31 Aug. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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

Other Words from arrogant

arrogantly adverb

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