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arriviste

[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)
1.
a person who has recently acquired unaccustomed status, wealth, or success, especially by dubious means and without earning concomitant esteem.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < French; see arrive, -ist
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British Dictionary definitions for arriviste

arriviste

/ˌæriːˈviːst; French arivist/
noun
1.
a person who is unscrupulously ambitious
Word Origin
French: see arrive, -ist
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Word Origin and History for arriviste
n.

"pushy, ambitious person," 1901, from French 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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