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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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  • When wealth and honours lead to arrogancy, this brings its evil on itself.

    Tao Teh King Lao-Tze
  • Hard are the terms and measureless is the arrogancy of the king of Ashur.

    Jeremiah Stefan Zweig
  • I confess, indeed, that to compare myself unto him for aught I have yet said, were both impudency and arrogancy.

    The Anatomy of Melancholy Democritus Junior
  • I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

    The Witch Hypnotizer Zena A. Maher
  • It condemns, as marks of "arrogancy and impiety," works of supererogation—that is, works over and above God's commandments.

  • The arrogancy is within; the gasconade plays its "fantastic tricks before high heaven."

  • But he was so far puffed up with arrogancy, as to go about to deprive us of our kingdom and life.

Word Origin and History for arrogancy



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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