making claims or pretensions to superior importance or rights; overbearingly assuming; insolently proud: an arrogant public official.
characterized by or proceeding from arrogance, or a sense of superiority, self-importance, or entitlement: arrogant claims.

Origin of arrogant

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin arrogant- (stem of arrogāns) presuming, present participle of arrogāre. See arrogate, -ant
Related formsar·ro·gant·ly, adverbsu·per·ar·ro·gant, adjectivesu·per·ar·ro·gant·ly, adverbun·ar·ro·gant, adjectiveun·ar·ro·gant·ly, adverb

Synonyms for arrogant

Antonyms for arrogant

1. meek. 2. modest, humble. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arrogant

Contemporary Examples of arrogant

Historical Examples of arrogant

  • He has not half the arrogant bravery of the other, and can better hide his horns; that's all.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • "That there's where I stand," he stated, with arrogant self-assurance.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • "I care naught for others," he broke in, with harsh and arrogant contempt.

  • You are too arrogant, Madonna, when you presume to judge what pleases God.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • His kind is too arrogant, too self-confident to have recourse to untruth.


    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for arrogant



having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one's own importance, merit, ability, etc; conceited; overbearingly proudan arrogant teacher; an arrogant assumption
Derived Formsarrogance, nounarrogantly, adverb

Word Origin for arrogant

C14: from Latin arrogāre to claim as one's own; see arrogate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for arrogant

late 14c., from Old French arrogant (14c.), from Latin arrogantem (nominative arrogans) "assuming, overbearing, insolent," present participle of arrogare (see arrogance). Related: Arrogantly.

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