[ar-ee-veest; French a-ree-veest] /ˌær iˈvist; French a riˈvist/
noun, plural arrivistes
[ar-ee-veests; French a-ree-veest] /ˌær iˈvists; French a riˈvist/ (Show IPA)
a person who has recently acquired unaccustomed status, wealth, or success, especially by dubious means and without earning concomitant esteem.
1900–05; < French; see arrive, -ist
Example Sentences for arriviste
Those precisians who fifty or thirty years ago denounced the preposition due to as an arriviste have tainted its reputation.
British Dictionary definitions for arriviste
arriviste (ˌæriːˈviːst, French arivist)
a person who is unscrupulously ambitious
[French: see arrive, -ist]

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Word Origin and History for arriviste
"pushy, ambitious person," 1901, from Fr. arriviste, from arriver "to arrive" (see arrive). The notion is of a person intent on "arriving" at success or in society.
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