• WordNet 3.6
    • n arrogance overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Arrogance The act or habit of arrogating, or making undue claims in an overbearing manner; that species of pride which consists in exorbitant claims of rank, dignity, estimation, or power, or which exalts the worth or importance of the person to an undue degree; proud contempt of others; lordliness; haughtiness; self-assumption; presumption. "I hate not you for her proud arrogance ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arrogance The condition or quality of being arrogant; a manifest feeling of personal superiority in rank, power, dignity, or estimation; the exalting of one's own worth or importance to an undue degree; pride with contempt of others; presumption.
    • n arrogance Synonyms Pride, Arrogance, Presumption, Assumption, Haughtiness, Disdain, Loftiness, Superciliousness, Insolence, lordliness, self-importance, imperiousness, swagger. (See pride.) Pride and disdain are the only words in the list that may have a good meaning when applied to persons: as, pride in one's country; disdain of a base suggestion. Pride primarily respects the temper of the mind, not being necessarily manifested or directed toward others; it is the general term for an unreasonable estimate of one's own superiority in any respect. As it comes into relation and action, it may receive other titles. Thus, arrogance is, at its simplest, pride with contempt of others, and is essentially the same as disdain. In action, arrogance is the assertion of exorbitant claims to rank, dignity, estimation, homage, power, etc. Presumption is often used for arrogance, but more properly expresses a self-conceited and self-important forwardness to run risks, take liberties, and crowd in where one does not deserve to be. Presumption helps itself to what it wants, while arrogance claims from others, and feeds its pride by seeing them yield. Presumption is less selfish than arrogance, but more conceited and headstrong. Assumption has added to its other meanings a bad sense, kindred to presumption; it means a disposition to do what does not belong to one to do, and sometimes to claim to be more than one is. Haughtiness, like disdain and loftiness, dwells upon the inferiority of others quite as much as upon its own elevation; it is equally applicable to spirit and to manner. Disdain is a mingling of lofty contempt with aversion, abhorrence, or indignation. Superciliousness, as befits its derivation, is chiefly applied to manner; it is a manifested haughtiness. Insolence is exhibited not only in manner, but in conduct and language; it is pride or haughtiness, shown in contemptuous or overbearing treatment of others, especially by words; from an equal or an inferior it is an outrageous kind of impertinence. See impudence, egotism, and scorn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Arrogance undue assumption of importance
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  • Frank Lloyd Wright
    “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
    “It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.”
  • Bible
    “Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. [I Corinthians]”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.”
  • Edgar Z. Friedenberg
    Edgar Z. Friedenberg
    “It takes a kind of shabby arrogance to survive in our time, and a fairly romantic nature to want to.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. arrogantia, fr. arrogans,. See Arrogant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. arrogāread, to, rogāre, -ātum, to ask, to claim.


In literature:

He became more and more arrogant and domineering.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The Little Chaplain rejoiced at the thought of the arrogant youths with whom he was to become acquainted.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
They were both arrogant, but which of the two rendered most service?
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
She hears Siegmund's arrogant reply.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Tungku Aminah led the van, strutting along with an arrogant and truculent swagger most laughable to see.
"In Court and Kampong" by Hugh Clifford
Just so the pope arrogates to himself at the same time the spiritual and the temporal sword.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Is it arrogance to write such a phrase?
"Gems (?) of German Thought" by Various
But it was arrogance only that had been lost, not self-respect or dignity.
"Patrician and Plebeian" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
It could not be de Verceuil, either, with his arrogance and bad manners.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
It was plainly an enemy, and an arrogant enemy, since it made no attempt at stealth.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts

In poetry:

Hast found the world a Babel wide,
Where man to Mammon stoops?
Where flourish Arrogance and Pride,
While modest Merit droops?
"The Whip-Poor-Will." by George Pope Morris
Arrogant you lift defiant
Boughs against the moaning blast,
That, like some invisible giant,
Wrapped in tumult, thunders past.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein
It is not apathy that reigns,
O'erweening arrogance, or pride,
For, in his warmly-flowing veins,
The genial feelings all reside.
"To The River" by Matilda Betham
O break the yoke, the slave release,
Rebuke the arrogant again,
And send Thy messenger of peace,
Whose feet are welcome as the rain.
"Establish Peace" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
And how, when trying a hymn, her voice
At evening would expire,
How unlike it was the arrogant noise
Of the hard throats in the quire:
"Robin Hood's Flight" by James Henry Leigh Hunt
And courtesy fled from the weary,
From idleness arrogance grew;
And all they received as a favour
They haughtily claimed as their due.
"Tobermory Bay" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

Ex Controller Alan Hevesi Says He Was In Denial And Grew Arrogant.
Hob-knobbing as a worldwide investor left Alan Hevesi "arrogant"—a condition that was beat out of him in prison by his children, the disgraced ex state controller testified during his recent parole hearing.
Acclaimed poet and author Maya Angelou said it made the Civil Rights leader appear to be arrogant.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the plan Tuesday to try to end the uproar, which grew out of an inscription that critics said made King sound arrogant.
Is Bhutto courageous , naive or arrogant.
It gave him ambition, a career and undeniable arrogance.
It gave him ambition, a career, and undeniable arrogance.
Michael Heath's ignorance is only rivaled by his arrogance in his Thursday letter.
The biggest mistake President Barack Obama could make now is to arrogantly over-interpret the election results.
The biggest mistake President Obama could make now is to arrogantly overinterpret the election results.
Lil Wayne's deposition : Is he the most arrogant rapper.
Curran Events Facts never get in the way of ideologues, egotistical politicians or arrogant civic leaders.
Well, I don't know about you, but I'll take a humble guy with failed marriage over some arrogant guy who's never settled down any day of the week.
To be a Boston Red Sox fan meant your team - especially when matched against the too rich, too arrogant and altogether too successful New York Yankees - was predictably cast as the gutsy outsider David against baseball's overbearing Goliath.
Area resident Beth Duman says the flags were in the same position Friday and called it an example of "arrogance.".

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