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Wednesday, October 06, 1999

hauteur

\haw-TUR; (h)oh-\ , noun;
1.
Haughty manner, spirit, or bearing; haughtiness; arrogance.
Quotes:
My silence, I hoped, would be taken as expressive of the hauteur of a man who was above it all -- a man with a mission, in fact, a mission authorized from somewhere on high.
-- Jeffrey Tayler, Facing the Congo
Sheikhs and presidents have often heard little about the royal family's follies, and don't object to the hauteur and self-importance that remain its inextinguishable traits.
-- Hugo Young, "Blair and the Queen", The Guardian, April 10, 2001
That self-deprecation and lack of hauteur are typical of the earthy style that enables Powell to get close to his troops in a way that many top brass never do.
-- "Colin Powell: The master planner of Desert Shield is ready for its ultimate test", People, December 31, 1990
Origin:
Hauteur is from the French, from haut, "high," from Latin altus, "high." It is thus related to altitude.
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