Arrogance



offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride.
Contemporary Examples

For the GOP, his lost backing demonstrates a failed presidency, with a truly disastrous combination of arrogance and incompetence.
Romnesia? More Like ‘Obamanesia’! Michael Medved November 5, 2012

They decided not to decide—except to rebuke the arrogance of Netanyahu.
Israel’s Election Could Be Bad News for Netanyahu Robert Shrum January 22, 2013

He is held up as the representative of all that is wrong with Israeli policy: intransigence, arrogance, occupation.
Working with Bibi Brent E. Sasley June 24, 2013

The arrogance of those who decide that they know what is best for me, you, the poor, and the sick is just staggering.
Let Natalie Cole Buy a Kidney Cord Jefferson April 2, 2009

I hate to think that the arrogance of those IKEs may have kept our professional protectors from preventing the attacks on 9/11.
The Bush Administration Know-It-Alls Who Failed to Heed Warnings Before 9/11 Michael Daly September 10, 2012

Historical Examples

Far, indeed, from it, I found no arrogance or coldness in her.
Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini

In the arrogance of his heart he said, “I can defy the future.”
Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

And yet the idea has a hidden appeal for many of them, for it feeds their professional pride and arrogance.
Herein is Love Reuel L. Howe

“Come on over to the hammock,” he commanded, with all the arrogance of a lover.
Good Indian B. M. Bower

The Mafiuso is governed by a sentiment akin to arrogance which imposes a special line of conduct upon him.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 3 Various

n.

c.1300, from Old French arrogance (12c.), from Latin arrogantia, from arrogantem (nominative arrogans) “assuming, overbearing, insolent,” present participle of arrogare “to claim for oneself, assume,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + rogare “ask, propose” (see rogation).

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