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making claims or pretensions to superior importance or rights; overbearingly assuming; insolently proud:
an arrogant public official.
characterized by or proceeding from , or a sense of superiority, self-importance, or entitlement:
arrogant claims.
Contemporary Examples

The network excoriates its fired anchor by painting him as an arrogant and uncooperative slacker.
Current TV Files a Blistering Countersuit Against Fired Anchor Keith Olbermann Howard Kurtz April 5, 2012

A kid who comes across as arrogant or nasty or ill-informed about the college can trigger a negative interview report.
Do College Interviews Count? Steve Cohen, Mike Muska October 5, 2011

Yet some Egyptians are suspicious of the Brotherhood, calling it secretive, arrogant, and devoted to its own interests.
Ultraconservative Islamist Party Reshapes Egypt’s Politics Ursula Lindsey December 7, 2011

As for Adrian Fenty, who Barry once supported and then turned on, he was “arrogant,” a “disappointment,” and guilty of cronyism.
Speed Read: Marion Barry’s Crazy Memoir William O’Connor June 17, 2014

Some examples remind me why the French often come out as arrogant to foreigners.
La Seduction by Elaine Sciolino: Review by Mireille Guiliano Mireille Giuliano June 9, 2011

Historical Examples

Running away had plainly given him an arrogant conviction of manhood.
Kenny Leona Dalrymple

“That there’s where I stand,” he stated, with arrogant self-assurance.
Good Indian B. M. Bower

Then all at once the hot blood of arrogant possession and jealous mastery seemed to rush to his head.
Neighbors Unknown Charles G. D. Roberts

“I care naught for others,” he broke in, with harsh and arrogant contempt.
The Historical Nights’ Entertainment Rafael Sabatini

As they were leaving the barracks one excited young person ran up and halted the arrogant Thespians.
Biltmore Oswald J. Thorne Smith, Jr.

having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one’s own importance, merit, ability, etc; conceited; overbearingly proud: an arrogant teacher, an arrogant assumption

late 14c., from Old French arrogant (14c.), from Latin arrogantem (nominative arrogans) “assuming, overbearing, insolent,” present participle of arrogare (see arrogance). Related: Arrogantly.


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