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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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Examples from the web for arrogant
  • It is very arrogant to think that humans can alter the course of nature.
  • He seemed petulant and cocky and arrogant.
  • Characterized by an authoritative, arrogant assertion of unproved or unprovable principles.
  • In the public mind an arrogant profession has been humbled.
  • He moves like an arrogant movie star.
  • He was a very arrogant young man, so full of himself.
  • This is a clear and arrogant violation of our Constitution.
  • What is left is a caricature of radical students—arrogant, hedonistic and nihilistic, prone to romanticizing violence.
  • She became “arrogant and obnoxious,” he claimed, and they divorced in 2006.
  • It is arrogant and wrongheaded for a thick half-bagel to masquerade as a thin slice of bread.
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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