[ ar-uh-guhns ]
/ ˈær ə gəns /


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

Nearby words

  1. arrivé,
  2. arrière-ban,
  3. arrière-garde,
  4. arrière-pensée,
  5. arroba,
  6. arrogance of power,
  7. arrogant,
  8. arrogate,
  9. arrogation,
  10. arrondissement

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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