arrogant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj arrogant having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride "an arrogant official","arrogant claims","chesty as a peacock"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Arrogant Containing arrogance; marked with arrogance; proceeding from undue claims or self-importance; -- applied to things; as, arrogant pretensions or behavior.
    • Arrogant 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • arrogant Making or having the disposition to make unwarrantable claims of rank or estimation; giving one's self an undue degree of importance; aggressively haughty; full of assumption: applied to persons.
    • arrogant Characterized by arrogance; proceeding from an overestimate of one's importance or superiority to others: applied to things: as, arrogant claims.
    • arrogant Synonyms Authoritative, Magisterial, Dogmatic, etc. (see magisterial), proud, assuming, overbearing, presumptuous, supercilious, lordly, cavalier, important, swelling, blustering, grand, disdainful, overweening.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Arrogant claiming too much: overbearing
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Quotations

  • Frank Lloyd Wright
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    “Early in life, I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasions to change.”
  • Blaise Pascal
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    “It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.”
  • Edgar Z. Friedenberg
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    “It takes a kind of shabby arrogance to survive in our time, and a fairly romantic nature to want to.”
  • Rachel Carson
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    “The control of nature is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and the convenience of man.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
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    “The exercise of power in this century has meant for all of us in the United States not arrogance, but agony.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. arrogant, L. arrogans, p. pr. of arrogare,. See Arrogate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. arrogāread, to, rogāre, -ātum, to ask, to claim.

Usage

In literature:

Prejudices and arrogant assurance accounted for.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
Then he became in turn boastful, arrogant, argumentative, thick of speech, finally, and slow of comprehension, but obstinate always.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
His arrogance was at once reinforced and assuaged.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
He had dignity that was not arrogance.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
In moments of fancy I often think a salesman is more truly a creative artist than many of those who arrogate the title to themselves.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
He became constable of France, the highest officer in the realm, and surpassed all the old nobility in arrogance and cupidity.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
He was not enough of a sportsman to take the consequences of his arrogance in good spirit.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
They overlooked the pride of the Fox Runners, their cupidity and their vaunting arrogance.
"The heart of happy hollow" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Oxford's arrogance had provoked Sir Philip Sidney.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
He had also been as arrogant as the Devil himself.
"The Penal Cluster" by Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
Jig Hollins wrote in swooping, arrogant circles, that came, perhaps, from his extra jobs as an advertising sky writer with an airplane.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Philippina, who was twelve, acted arrogantly and swung her hips when she walked.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
They arrogated to themselves all learning, all science.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Swift's arrogance in these days of his power was that of a despot.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
It would have been fatuous arrogance to pity such a woman.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
For everyone is a foe to pride and arrogance.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
He swaggered with arrogance, puffing occasionally at the cigar he carried in his left hand.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
You do not even suspect how much you yourself suffer from arrogance.
"The Romance of the Canoness" by Paul Heyse
A high-sounding name, with something of long-linked culture, of arrogant heritage.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
It was an arrogant mistake, and I can't let it happen again.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
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In poetry:

While scornfully laugh'd many an arrogant lord, off against us
encamp'd,
Quite within hearing, feasting, klinking wine-glasses together over
their victory.
"The Centerarian's Story" by Walt Whitman
And if this should be arrogance, so let me
arrogant be to justify my prayer
that stands so serious and so alone
before your forehead, circled by the clouds.
"Dedication" by Rainer Maria Rilke
My friends you see haue thought it not amisse,
To praise my booke, yet you besides all this,
Looke that it should commend it selfe: now fie,
That were an arrogant immodestie.
"Author Ad Lectorem" by John Heath
The bars that hinder his advance
And half obscure the goal,
The stubborn bond of circumstance
That irritates his soul,
The countershafts of arrogance,
All yield to her control.
"Woman's Help" by Hattie Howard
See Ayesha's bold son now with arrogance plead,
To obtain for his parent the pardon of love!
The damsel, indignant, abhors the base deed,
Still demanding her ruby, all diamonds above.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
Who'll come to help? Right here, at present, now!
Because the patient's weak, has lost his hold.
But, like the call of birds, my shouting fades
in emptiness: the world is arrogant and cold.
"Denunciation" by Marie Under

In news:

NFL deserves penalty for arrogance .
Arrogance + Ferrari = Goin' To Jail.
This video shows the arrogance and stupidity of a Ferrai owner.
When Washington considers waivers, arrogance is palpable.
Twitter's arrogance threatens us all.
Price for Penn State's arrogance was steep, and others should take notice.
When Arrogance Sets the Rules.
' Arrogance ' Contributed to Facebook IPO Flop.
Breathtaking arrogance was demonstrated by Environmental Protection Agency officials last week during a congressional hearing on one of the agency's most outrageous abuses of power.
As a result, our leaders - especially Mayor Euille and Vice Mayor Donley — have become increasingly arrogant in both their actions and speech when citizens challenge their unpopular decisions.
Indeed, this arrogance has spread to key city employees such as City Attorney Jim Banks and Planning Director Faroll Hamer.
Breathtaking arrogance was demonstrated by Environmental Protection Agency officials last week during a congressional hearing on what we would consider an abuse of power by the agency.
It demonstrates either complete arrogance or complete ignorance that this could have happened.
It is apparent that our arrogant president has absolutely no serious interest in stopping the United States from going off the fiscal cliff.
LONDON – He was a poster boy for corporate arrogance, telling Parliament last year that the time for bankers to apologize had passed.
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In science:

Dembski’s arrogant remark that I and other critics of his work lack qualification to judge his paper does not sound convincing given his own insufficient familiarity with the literature in the field where he is supposed to offer important new results. Here starts my review of Bennett’s paper.
Defining Complexity: A Commentary to a paper by Charles H. Bennett
Being deeply concerned by the evident and arrogant injustice of this politics, I want to express, as a mathematician, my opposition to this choice, together with my solidariety to all those who are fighting every day to make the science survive, even in these hard times, for the present and future generations.
The R-matrix for (twisted) affine quantum algebras
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