from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The state or quality of being arrogant; overbearing pride.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
- noun 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 disdainand 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The act or habit of
arrogating, or making undue claims in an overbearingmanner; 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
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But eye-rolling arrogance toward those who support a given idea is not reasoned critique - and religious discourse is filled with examples of people on all sides who allow dismissive arrogance* to cloud their judgment.
BlogHer Gena Haskett 2009
Mr. FAZIO: I think there was I wouldn't use the term arrogance, but I think there was a presumption that their long-term majority was impregnable.
NPR Topics: News 2010
April 10th, 2009 at 8: 39 am the center of the universe? do you know what the term arrogance means?
Your arrogance is astonishing as is your capacity for self delusion.
In fact Obama said he would be the nominee after May 20th-his arrogance is astonishing.
Your arrogance is almost as astounding as your questionable friends!
I did not realize at the time that this arrogance is almost by definition the Protestant mindset, or the mindset of any heretic.
His views about homosexuality also point to religious based drivel --- what I call the arrogance of the ignorant.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: An angry judge in Las Vegas scolded O.J. Simpson today for what she called his arrogance, ignorance, or both.
Labour is completely suffused with what I call the arrogance of power- which comes with being in government too long and so will probably benefit from some time out....