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[ar-ee-veest; French a-ree-veest]
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noun, plural ar·ri·vistes [ar-ee-veests; French a-ree-veest] /ˌær iˈvists; French a riˈvist/.
  1. 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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  • 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

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British Dictionary definitions for arriviste


  1. a person who is unscrupulously ambitious
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Word Origin

French: see arrive, -ist
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Word Origin and History 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.

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