Definitions

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

  • adj. Having or displaying a sense of overbearing self-worth or self-importance.
  • adj. Marked by or arising from a feeling or assumption of one's superiority toward others: an arrogant contempt for the weak. See Synonyms at proud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having excessive pride in oneself, often with contempt for others.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Making, or having the disposition to make, exorbitant claims of rank or estimation; giving one's self an undue degree of importance; assuming; haughty; -- applied to persons.
  • adj. Containing arrogance; marked with arrogance; proceeding from undue claims or self-importance; -- applied to things.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making or having the disposition to make unwarrantable claims of rank or estimation; giving one's self an undue degree of importance; aggressively haughty; full of assumption: applied to persons.
  • Characterized by arrogance; proceeding from an overestimate of one's importance or superiority to others: applied to things: as, arrogant claims.
  • Synonyms Authoritative, Magisterial, Dogmatic, etc. (see magisterial), proud, assuming, overbearing, presumptuous, supercilious, lordly, cavalier, important, swelling, blustering, grand, disdainful, overweening.

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

  • adj. having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride

Etymologies

Middle English arrogaunt, from Old French, from Latin arrogāns, arrogant-, present participle of arrogāre, to arrogate; see arrogate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French arrogant, from Latin arrogāns, present active participle of arrogō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But instead his posture was as erect as ever, his expression arrogant and aloof, and the body that should have looked soft and pale was even more toned after months behind bars.

    Thieves Like Us

  • I would not describe myself as an arrogant nerd, I prefer the term arrogant geek ...and on that bombshell

    Clothes-Minded: You Are What You Wear

  • Obama the arrogant is a very small man not fit to be president.

    Clinton fights on, Obama returns to Iowa

  • Happening now, Iran defiance loud and clear inside the United Nations, the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, attacking what he calls arrogant powers and reinforcing his hatred of the United States.

    CNN Transcript Sep 25, 2007

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei described what he called the arrogant policies of the Bush administration.

    CNN Transcript Apr 14, 2006

  • His only reply would be a sweet, submissive smile which irritated her, and which she called arrogant and presumptuous.

    Women in the Life of Balzac

  • As in previous years he criticized what he called the "arrogant powers" and suggested the United States and its western allies were to blame for global instability.

    ABC News: Top Stories

  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says popular demands for change will put an end to the oppression of what he called "arrogant powers."

    The Seattle Times

  • And he feels entitled to pass judgment on Cambridge cops or on pediatricians … As we learned in the campaign last year, "arrogant" is the new "uppity."

    Knowing His Place

  • Second, I agree that "arrogant" is a very appropriate description.

    A Pat on the Back for Matzke

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