What does arrogance mean?

Definitions for arrogance
ˈær ə gənsar·ro·gance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. arrogance, haughtiness, hauteur, high-handedness, lordlinessnoun

    overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors


  1. arrogancenoun

    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. Closely related to the act of arrogating.

  2. Etymology: from arrogantia.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Arrogance, Arrogancynoun

    The act or quality of taking much upon one’s self; that species of pride which consists in exorbitant claims.

    Etymology: arrogantia, Lat.

    Stanley, notwithstanding she’s your wife,
    And loves not me; be you, good lord, assur’d,
    I hate not you for her proud arrogance. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Pride hath no other glass
    To shew itself but pride; for supple knees
    Feed arrogance, and are the proud man’s fees. William Shakespeare, Tr. and Cr.

    Pride and arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth do I hate. Prov. viii. 13.

    Discoursing of matters dubious, and on any controvertible truths, we cannot, without arrogancy, entreat a credulity. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i.

    Humility it expresses by the stooping and bending of the head; arrogance, when it is lifted, or, as we say, tossed up. John Dryden, Dufresn.


  1. arrogance

    Hubris (; from Ancient Greek ὕβρις (húbris) 'pride, insolence, outrage'), or less frequently hybris (), describes a personality quality of extreme or excessive pride or dangerous overconfidence, often in combination with (or synonymous with) arrogance. The term arrogance comes from the Latin adrogare, meaning "to feel that one has a right to demand certain attitudes and behaviors from other people". To arrogate means "to claim or seize without justification... To make undue claims to having", or "to claim or seize without right... to ascribe or attribute without reason". The term pretension is also associated with the term hubris, but is not synonymous with it.According to studies, hubris, arrogance, and pretension are related to the need for victory (even if it does not always mean winning) instead of reconciliation, which "friendly" groups might promote. Hubris is usually perceived as a characteristic of an individual rather than a group, although the group the offender belongs to may suffer collateral consequences from wrongful acts. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence, accomplishments, or capabilities. The adjectival form of the noun hubris/hybris is hubristic/hybristic.The term hubris originated in Ancient Greek, where it had several different meanings depending on the context. In legal usage, it meant assault or sexual crimes and theft of public property, and in religious usage it meant transgression against a god.


  1. arrogance

    Arrogance is the quality of being overly confident, self-important, or conceited, often to the point of displaying a sense of superiority, disregard, or disrespect for others. It is usually characterized by a belief that one is better, smarter, or more important than others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arrogancenoun

    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


  1. Arrogance

    Arrogance is a rock band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In the 1970s and early 1980s it was one of the most popular local bands in the state. The group has released six full length albums in its history and an early non-LP single. In 1983 the group entered a dormant period and the members did not perform together again until 2000, when the band reunited for a few select concerts and gigs in the Triangle area in celebration of Arrogance's 30th anniversary. The most notable was the "Reunion" concert at the North Carolina Museum of Art Amphitheatre in Raleigh in 2000. After large turnouts at the band's 2000 performances, Arrogance began performing again in local clubs, bars, and at special events, averaging about one show a year. The band's current lineup consists of Rod Abernethy, Don Dixon, Scott Davison, Robert Kirkland, and Marty Stout.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arrogance in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arrogance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of arrogance in a Sentence

  1. Adam Lach:

    Through these photographs, I will try to sensitize people and make them aware that they are often part of the problem, this project aims to show human arrogance and folly and to build in us humility.

  2. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

  3. Panos Kammenos:

    The dilemma is what do the people want, a government with the arrogance of an absolute majority or a national unity government with Independent Greeks being the guarantors of tomorrow?

  4. Frank Lloyd Wright:

    Early in life, I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasions to change.

  5. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi:

    They are trying, with their barbarism and arrogance, to destroy the inheritance of humanity, the inheritance of Iraqi people and their civilization, [the] same way they destroyed humans, i want to send clear message from here in Baghdad, that we will preserve this human civilization and its inheritance, and we will pursue those who are trying to destroy it.

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    • A. ultimo
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