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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. 2018.
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  • In the arrogance of his heart he said, "I can defy the future."

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "Come on over to the hammock," he commanded, with all the arrogance of a lover.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Also they are of a social, gracious disposition, equally free from cowardice and arrogance.

    The Republic Plato
  • And there was a world of arrogance in the way he said, “I own the land.”

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Far, indeed, from it, I found no arrogance or coldness in her.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
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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