[ ar-uhnt ]
/ ˈær ənt /
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downright; thorough; unmitigated; notorious: an arrant fool.
OTHER WORDS FOR arrant
1 thoroughgoing, utter, confirmed, flagrant.
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Origin of arrant
1350–1400; Middle English, variant of errant
OTHER WORDS FROM arrantar·rant·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH arrantarrant , errant
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How to use arrant in a sentence
Twice her lips moved to the verge of speech; yet, caught so arrantly in the act, she was unable to phrase any passing thought.The Little Lady of the Big House|Jack London
You make me feel that I have been driving you—arrantly egotistic.The Dull Miss Archinard|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for arrant
/ (ˈærənt) /
utter; out-and-outan arrant fool
Derived forms of arrantarrantly, adverb
Word Origin for arrant
C14: a variant of errant (wandering, vagabond); sense developed from its frequent use in phrases like arrant thief (hence: notorious)
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