- a person who has recently acquired unaccustomed status, wealth, or success, especially by dubious means and without earning concomitant esteem.
Origin of arriviste
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Historical Examples of arriviste
In it there is as much enthusiasm as serious purpose, as much of the essence of youth as of the arriviste.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning
Willard Huntington Wright
- a person who is unscrupulously ambitious
Word Origin for arriviste
"pushy, ambitious person," 1901, from French arriviste, from arriver "to arrive" (see arrive). The notion is of a person intent on "arriving" at success or in society.