American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Completely such; thoroughgoing: an arrant fool; the arrant luxury of the ocean liner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wandering; itinerant; vagrant; errant: as, a knight arrant; an arrant preacher: especially in thief arrant or arrant thief, a roving, outlawed robber; a highwayman. Now written errant.
- Notorious; manifest; unmitigated; downright: in a bad sense (derived from the noun qualified): as, an arrant rogue; an arrant coward; arrant nonsense.
- Thorough; downright; genuine: in a good sense.
- Synonyms Utter, rank, consummate, perfect.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Notoriously or preëminently bad; thorough or downright, in a bad sense; shameless; unmitigated.
- adj. obsolete Thorough or downright, in a good sense.
- adj. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
- Variant of errant. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Event 2: We say homosexuality is a variant sexuality which does no intrinsic harm to the consenting adults that practice it or anyone else outwith their relationship, rejecting in no uncertain terms your arrant presumption that you have the privilege to impose your morés on us -- or anyone else, for that matter -- and criticising your judgementalism as ethically retarded.”
“For that matter, there were unmistakable signs in Sandy himself of what would have been called arrant terror in any other man.”
“The notion that requiring students to know and master orthodoxy stifles their lovely creativity is the kind of arrant nonsense I hear from my teenagers all the time and really just because they want to avoid work.”
“Give another word in place of "arrant" that will mean the same thing.”
“But this latest attack is the kind of arrant nonsense up with which I will not put!”
“See here, Dan," the big man went on, leaning forward; "I knowed what your arrant was the fust minute I clapped eyes on you.”
“Of course, the idea that Data can think without feeling emotions is arrant nonsense - you can't have one without the other.”
“An arrant flirt the little hussy is; but very pretty.”
“And yet here am I, wilting before him, an arrant coward, with no respect for him and less for myself.”
“He was like an old and irritable man, annoyed by the turbulence of their young spirits that was to him arrant silliness.”
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