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


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1. presumptuous, haughty, imperious, brazen. See proud.


1. meek. 2. modest, humble.
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  • 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


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

Word Origin

C14: from Latin arrogāre to claim as one's own; see arrogate
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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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