American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Haughtiness in bearing and attitude; arrogance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Haughty feeling or bearing; arrogant manner or spirit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Haughty manner or spirit; haughtiness; pride; arrogance.
- n. overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
- From French. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, from haut, high; see haughty. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I will not say that her peculiar position did not produce something of an independent manner which some called hauteur, and others exclusiveness.”
“She recalled his hauteur and studious coldness towards herself, his air of deep understanding and mastery, his magic look of wizardly youth, his eloquence, his immense self-possession, his mysterious connection with Cleopatra's indisposition and recovery.”
“A haughty young lady in the dining-room, Birdie Callahan, in her stiffly starched white, but beneath the icy crust of her hauteur was a molten mass of good humor and friendliness.”
“Victor heard him, and put up his eyeglass in amazement; but he, in his turn, had only a shirt on, and the hauteur was a failure.”
“That "hauteur," however, has proved beneficial for the institution he has directed for almost a third of a century.”
“He still bore himself with pride and dignity, but without that hauteur which is said to have characterized him when he declared in the Senate that he was an ambassador from”
“A long, oaken table occupied the centre of the room, and round this in groups, seated and standing, were a score of men, all with swords at their sides; bearing, many of them, that air of careless hauteur which is supposed to be a characteristic of noble birth.”
“We believe it to be owing to the influence of the causes we have noticed, that this manner, so often ridiculed by the French, under the name of "hauteur" and”
“amiable and unassuming," and though one of the first, if not the first lady at Vienna, as not at all partaking of the insolence and hauteur which is by some ascribed to the society of that capital.”
“(LADY MARY is a beautiful creature of twenty-two, and is of a natural hauteur which is at once the fury and the envy of her sisters.”
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