Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or property of being haughty; arrogance, snobbery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being haughty; disdain; arrogance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Highness; loftiness.
  • n. The quality or character of being haughty, proud., or arrogant; supercilious bearing; arrogance.
  • n. Synonyms Pride, Presumption, etc. (see arrogance); contemptuousness, hauteur, lordliness, rudeness.

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

  • n. overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors

Etymologies

haughty +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They grew heartily weary, and fiercely impatient of restraint, and though the firm, calm, steady strictness of the Knight was far preferable to the rude familiarity and furious passions of many a Castellane, there were many of the men-at-arms who, though not actually engaged in the conspiracy, were impatient of what they called his haughtiness and rigidity.

    The Lances of Lynwood

  • But that haughtiness is the most offensive to God which is supported and fed by the pretensions of holiness.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • The haughtiness is a pathetic attempt at protective voodoo.

    Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

  • Smythe says, "They are generous, friendly, and hospitable in the extreme; but mixed with such an appearance of rudeness, ferocity and haughtiness, which is, in fact, only a want of polish, occasioned by their deficiencies in education and in knowledge of mankind, as well as their general intercourse with slaves."

    Patrician and Plebeian Or The Origin and Development of the Social Classes of the Old Dominion

  • His solicitude about maintaining a certain order within the state was described as haughtiness and harshness, his preoccupation lest the precarious resources of the government be dissipated in useless expenditures was dubbed avarice, and the prudence which had impelled him to restrain the rash policy of expansion and aggression which Germanicus had tried to initiate beyond the Rhine was construed as envy and surly malignity.

    The Women of the Caesars

  • If they exchanged surreptitious winks over the appearance of Agatha, they are to be excused, for that lady's demeanor was one of frigid haughtiness, which is never quite impressive to those who live close to nature.

    'Firebrand' Trevison

  • Zeno used to invite those who called the haughtiness of Perikles a mere courting of popularity and affectation of grandeur, to court popularity themselves in the same fashion, since the acting of such a part might insensibly mould their dispositions until they resembled that of their model.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume I

  •  Cool green eyes assessed her confusion with the kind of haughtiness that was normally associated with royalty.

    Mistress On Demand

  • In spite of his crumpled suit, he still displayed an elegance such as the staff of Police Headquarters rarely have occasion to appreciate, an aristocratic elegance, with that hint of stiffness and restraint, that touch of haughtiness which is the peculiar attribute of diplomatic circles.

    Maigret at the Crossroads

  • If another is remarkable for a lively, active zeal, inflexible integrity, a strong indignation against vice, and freedom in reproving it, he will probably have some little bluntness in his address not altogether suitable to polished life; he will want the winning arts of conversation; he will disgust by a kind of haughtiness and negligence in his manner, and often hurt the delicacy of his acquaintance with harsh and disagreeable truths.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 4

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