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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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  • Flustered, he stands up on pointed toes, raises his chin and arrogantly flourishes his hand in the air.
  • Speak clearly and confidently but not stridently or arrogantly.
  • Any lingering questions were answered when he arrogantly claimed that he was being martyred.
  • It is payback time for an industry which arrogantly failed to build up political support when times were good.
  • It has behaved arrogantly towards regulators and consumers.
  • Tibetans don't feel represented by this government they perceive as foreign and arrogantly condescending.
  • Also, a veil of arrogantly absurd and unnecessarily abrasive political communication is woven around their actions, a big mistake.
  • The homicide itself is slipshod, sober and rather arrogantly routine in arrangement.
  • He arrogantly calls himself a writer and considers himself among the intellectual elite.
  • He arrogantly trashes her work, but she sees something good about him and goes out with him.
British Dictionary definitions for arrogantly


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 arrogantly



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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