- offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride.
Origin of arrogance
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haughtiness, insolence, disdain.
humility, modesty, diffidence.
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Examples from the Web for arrogance
The pontiff blasts the selfishness, arrogance and detachment of the cardinals in Rome.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s'
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 23, 2014
Doar agreed that this was a case about “arrogance,” but not of the 1,600 voters now disenfranchised, or of the Justice Department.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
People who know him speak of a relaxed and charming man, remarkably free of arrogance or unpleasantness.Princess Charlene's Monaco Nightmare
September 15, 2014
He developed a reputation for principled independence that others sometimes saw as arrogance.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR
September 9, 2014
Everything she says is wrong, and the arrogance… The Kardashians are the gift that keeps on giving.Joan Rivers: Our Last Interview
September 4, 2014
In the arrogance of his heart he said, "I can defy the future."Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
"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
And there was a world of arrogance in the way he said, “I own the land.”The Night Riders
The sneer passed out of his face, the arrogance out of his demeanour.Bardelys the Magnificent
Word Origin and History for arrogance
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