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Monday, April 02, 2007

Definitions for arriviste

  1. A person who has recently attained success, wealth, or high status but not general acceptance or respect; an upstart.

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Citations for arriviste
Sherman, in his $1,800 imported suit and British hand-lasted shoes is . . . an arriviste and a poseur. Frank Conroy, New York Times
He excavates enough dirt that, midway through the book, the reader loses sympathy with Bernays, who comes across as an insufferable egotist and insecure, name-dropping arriviste. Ron Chernow, New York Times
Origin of arriviste
Arriviste comes from French, from arriver, "to arrive," from (assumed) Vulgar Latin arripare, "to reach the shore," from Latin ad-, "to, toward" + ripa, "shore."