View synonyms for arrogance


[ ar-uh-guhns ]


  1. offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride.

    Synonyms: haughtiness, disdain, insolence

    Antonyms: diffidence, modesty, humility

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Other Words From

  • non·arro·gance noun
  • non·arro·gan·cy noun
  • super·arro·gance noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of arrogance1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin arrogantia “presumption”; arrogant, -ance

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Example Sentences

In Afghanistan, we failed to fully do so, and our hubris and arrogance did not serve us well.

From Time

Another lamented that landlords were forced to “pander to the arrogance and greed of the workers.”

Her voice all transatlantic arrogance, vodka delusion, and charming ignorance.

There’s some arrogance in thinking we can define what progress looks like for someone else.

Critics were quick to attack Goldenfeld and Maslov, accusing them of arrogance and failing to stay in their lane — “a consensus was very hard to beat, even when the people who are recognized experts chimed in in our defense,” Maslov said.

The pontiff blasts the selfishness, arrogance and detachment of the cardinals in Rome.

In the fall, I received a Rhodes Scholarship—I approached arrogance.

Doar agreed that this was a case about “arrogance,” but not of the 1,600 voters now disenfranchised, or of the Justice Department.

People who know him speak of a relaxed and charming man, remarkably free of arrogance or unpleasantness.

He developed a reputation for principled independence that others sometimes saw as arrogance.

His whilom arrogance was all fallen from him; he wore instead an air of extreme contrition.

The ignorance of these ladies, their pride, their arrogance, excited in Jane's mind deep contempt.

His cronies at the Pandemonium accused him of assuming an air of habitual arrogance.

It is arrogance to think of launching out to serve the whole of India when I am hardly able to serve even my own family.

It came to Lowell in a flash that Bill's arrogance sprang from something deeper than mere conceit or drunkenness.





arrobaarrogance of power