[ ar-ee-veest; French a-ree-veest ]
/ ˌær iˈvist; French a riˈvist /
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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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Example sentences from the Web for 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
British Dictionary definitions for arriviste
/ (ˌæriːˈviːst, French arivist) /
a person who is unscrupulously ambitious
Word Origin for arriviste
French: see arrive, -ist
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