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  1. offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride.
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Also ar·ro·gan·cy.

Origin of arrogance

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin arrogantia presumption. See arrogant, -ance
Related formsnon·ar·ro·gance, nounnon·ar·ro·gan·cy, nounsu·per·ar·ro·gance, noun


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  • In the arrogance of his heart he said, "I can defy the future."

  • "Come on over to the hammock," he commanded, with all the arrogance of a lover.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Also they are of a social, gracious disposition, equally free from cowardice and arrogance.

  • And there was a world of arrogance in the way he said, “I own the land.”

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Far, indeed, from it, I found no arrogance or coldness in her.

Word Origin and History for arrogance


c.1300, from Old French arrogance (12c.), from Latin arrogantia, from arrogantem (nominative arrogans) "assuming, overbearing, insolent," present participle of arrogare "to claim for oneself, assume," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + rogare "ask, propose" (see rogation).

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