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

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

Synonyms for arrogance

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

Examples from the Web for arrogancy

Historical Examples of arrogancy

  • When wealth and honours lead to arrogancy, this brings its evil on itself.

  • Hard are the terms and measureless is the arrogancy of the king of Ashur.


    Stefan Zweig

  • I confess, indeed, that to compare myself unto him for aught I have yet said, were both impudency and arrogancy.

    The Anatomy of Melancholy

    Democritus Junior

  • I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

  • It condemns, as marks of "arrogancy and impiety," works of supererogation—that is, works over and above God's commandments.

Word Origin and History for arrogancy



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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