Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Completely such; thoroughgoing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Notoriously or preëminently bad; thorough or downright, in a bad sense; shameless; unmitigated.
  • adjective obsolete Thorough or downright, in a good sense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Utter; complete.
  • adjective Alternative spelling of errant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Variant of errant.]

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Alteration of errant. Originally meaning wandering (errant), the term came to be an intensifier due to its use as an epithet, e.g. in the phrases "arrant thieves" and "arrant knaves" (i.e., wandering bandits).

Examples

  • 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.

    An Open Letter to John C. Wright

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • For that matter, there were unmistakable signs in Sandy himself of what would have been called arrant terror in any other man.

    Trailin'!

  • But this latest attack is the kind of arrant nonsense up with which I will not put!

    Archive 2009-03-22

  • 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.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Kids These Days

  • Give another word in place of "arrant" that will mean the same thing.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature

  • But this latest attack is the kind of arrant nonsense up with which I will not put!

    Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine

  • "See here, Dan," the big man went on, leaning forward; "I knowed what your arrant was the fust minute I clapped eyes on you.

    Southern Lights and Shadows

  • Of course, the idea that Data can think without feeling emotions is arrant nonsense - you can't have one without the other.

    MIND MELD: What Are The Coolest Robots in Science Fiction?

  • An arrant flirt the little hussy is; but very pretty.

    Mary Barton

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  • Nice!

    October 5, 2011