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[ar-uh nt] /ˈær ənt/
adjective
1.
downright; thorough; unmitigated; notorious:
an arrant fool.
2.
wandering; errant.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, variant of errant
Related forms
arrantly, adverb
Can be confused
arrant, errant.
Synonyms
1. thoroughgoing, utter, confirmed, flagrant.
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British Dictionary definitions for arrant

arrant

/ˈærənt/
adjective
1.
utter; out-and-out: an arrant fool
Derived Forms
arrantly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: a variant of errant (wandering, vagabond); sense developed from its frequent use in phrases like arrant thief (hence: notorious)
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Word Origin and History for arrant
adj.

late 14c., variant of errant (q.v.); at first merely derogatory, "wandering, vagrant;" then (1540s) acquiring a meaning "thoroughgoing, downright, notorious."

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