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Arrogant definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. Assuming; making or having the disposition to make exorbitant claims of rank or estimation; giving one's self an undue degree of importance; haughty; conceited; applied to persons.
2. Containing arrogance; marked with arrogance; proceeding from undue claims of self importance; applied to things; as arrogant pretensions or behavior.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride; "an arrogant official"; "arrogant claims"; "chesty as a peacock" [syn: arrogant, chesty, self-important]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin arrogant-, arrogans, present participle of arrogare Date: 14th century 1. exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one's own worth or importance often by an overbearing manner <an arrogant official> 2. proceeding from or characterized by arrogance <an arrogant reply> Synonyms: see proud arrogantly adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (of a person, attitude, etc.) aggressively assertive or presumptuous; overbearing. Derivatives: arrogance n. arrogantly adv. Etymology: ME f. OF (as ARROGATE, -ANT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Arrogant Ar"ro*gant, a. [F. arrogant, L. arrogans, p. pr. of arrogare. See Arrogate.] 1. Making, or having the disposition to make, exorbitant claims of rank or estimation; giving one's self an undue degree of importance; assuming; haughty; -- applied to persons. Arrogant Winchester, that haughty prelate. --Shak. 2. Containing arrogance; marked with arrogance; proceeding from undue claims or self-importance; -- applied to things; as, arrogant pretensions or behavior. Syn: Magisterial; lordly; proud; assuming; overbearing; presumptuous; haughty. See Magisterial.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Someone who is arrogant behaves in a proud, unpleasant way towards other people because they believe that they are more important than others. He was so arrogant... That sounds arrogant, doesn't it? ADJ [disapproval] arrogance At times the arrogance of those in power is quite blatant.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Haughty, proud, supercilious, lordly, disdainful, contumelious, insolent, cavalier, overbearing, overweening, assuming, magisterial, dogmatic, imperious, important, swelling, blustering, big, high, lofty, self-conceited, self-sufficient, self-assuming, self-important, self-asserting, self-confident, egotistic, self-assured, uppish.

Moby Thesaurus

absolute, absolutist, absolutistic, affected, arbitrary, aristocratic, artificial, assuming, assured, audacious, authoritarian, authoritative, autocratic, big, bloated, boastful, bold, bossy, brash, brassy, brazen, bumptious, cavalier, challenging, cheeky, clannish, cliquish, cocksure, cocky, cold, conceited, condescending, confident, contemptuous, contumelious, convinced, cool, daring, decided, defiant, defying, derisive, despotic, determined, dictatorial, disdainful, disregardful, domineering, egotistical, exclusive, familiar, feudal, forward, greatly daring, grinding, haughty, high and mighty, high-and-mighty, high-faluting, high-flown, high-handed, high-headed, high-nosed, highfalutin, hoity-toity, hubristic, imperative, imperial, imperious, impertinent, important, impudent, insolent, insulting, lofty, lordly, magisterial, magistral, mannered, masterful, monocratic, obtrusive, oppressive, overbearing, overconfident, overpresumptuous, overruling, oversure, overweening, patronizing, peremptory, persuaded, pert, poised, pompous, pontifical, positive, presuming, presumptuous, procacious, proud, puffy, purse-proud, pushy, reassured, regardless of consequences, repressive, saucy, scornful, secure, self-assertive, self-assured, self-confident, self-important, self-reliant, severe, showy, sneering, sniffy, snobbish, snobby, snooty, snotty, strict, stuck-up, stuffy, supercilious, superior, suppressive, sure, swaggering, toploftical, toplofty, tyrannical, tyrannous, unafraid, undoubting, unfaltering, unhesitating, unwavering, uppish, uppity, upstage, vain, withering


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