arriviste

[ ar-ee-veest; French a-ree-veest ]
/ ˌær iˈvist; French a riˈvist /

noun, plural ar·ri·vistes [ar-ee-veests; French a-ree-veest] /ˌær iˈvists; French a riˈvist/.

a person who has recently acquired unaccustomed status, wealth, or success, especially by dubious means and without earning concomitant esteem.

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Origin of arriviste

From French, dating back to 1900–05; see origin at arrive, -ist
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arriviste
/ (ˌæriːˈviːst, French arivist) /

noun

a person who is unscrupulously ambitious

Word Origin for arriviste

French: see arrive, -ist
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