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[ar-uh-guh ns] /ˈær ə gəns/
offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride.
Also, arrogancy.
Origin of arrogance
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin arrogantia presumption. See arrogant, -ance
Related forms
nonarrogance, noun
nonarrogancy, noun
superarrogance, noun
haughtiness, insolence, disdain.
humility, modesty, diffidence. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for arrogance
  • In online reviews, some customers have complained about rudeness or arrogance.
  • Its pure arrogance of the human trait to think the Universe revolves around us.
  • His arrogance was legendary, as he repeatedly and flagrantly defied environmental and safety regulations.
  • Also, I tend to encounter less arrogance in audiences and presenters.
  • Only arrogance can make one think one can reconcile right with wrong.
  • She became known for on-court finesse and off-the-court arrogance.
  • The arrogance of the academic world simply takes my breath away.
  • No politician is immune to the arrogance of power .
  • When we try to envision another's happiness, we suffer from arrogance and a poverty of imagination.
  • It's not an arrogance or a cockiness; just a genuine confidence that convinces you he'll accomplish what he sets out to do.
Word Origin and History for arrogance

c.1300, from Old French arrogance (12c.), from Latin arrogantia, from arrogantem (nominative arrogans) "assuming, overbearing, insolent," present participle of arrogare "to claim for oneself, assume," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + rogare "ask, propose" (see rogation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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