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[ar-uh-guh nt] /ˈær ə gənt/
making claims or pretensions to superior importance or rights; overbearingly assuming; insolently proud:
an arrogant public official.
characterized by or proceeding from arrogance, or a sense of superiority, self-importance, or entitlement:
arrogant claims.
Origin of arrogant
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin arrogant- (stem of arrogāns) presuming, present participle of arrogāre. See arrogate, -ant
Related forms
arrogantly, adverb
superarrogant, adjective
superarrogantly, adverb
unarrogant, adjective
unarrogantly, adverb
1. presumptuous, haughty, imperious, brazen. See proud.
1. meek. 2. modest, humble. Unabridged
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  • Running away had plainly given him an arrogant conviction of manhood.

    Kenny Leona Dalrymple
  • "That there's where I stand," he stated, with arrogant self-assurance.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Then all at once the hot blood of arrogant possession and jealous mastery seemed to rush to his head.

    Neighbors Unknown Charles G. D. Roberts
  • "I care naught for others," he broke in, with harsh and arrogant contempt.

  • As they were leaving the barracks one excited young person ran up and halted the arrogant Thespians.

    Biltmore Oswald J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for arrogant


having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one's own importance, merit, ability, etc; conceited; overbearingly proud: an arrogant teacher, an arrogant assumption
Derived Forms
arrogance, noun
arrogantly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin arrogāre to claim as one's own; see arrogate
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Word Origin and History for arrogant

late 14c., from Old French arrogant (14c.), from Latin arrogantem (nominative arrogans) "assuming, overbearing, insolent," present participle of arrogare (see arrogance). Related: Arrogantly.

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