The quality of being haughty; disdain; arrogance. It denotes the expression of conscious and proud superiority; arrogance is a disposition to claim for one's self more than is justly due, and enforce it to the utmost; disdain in the exact reverse of condescension toward inferiors, since it expresses and desires others to feel how far below ourselves we consider them.

A person is haughty in disposition and demeanor; arrogant in his claims of homage and deference; disdainful even in accepting the deference which his haughtiness leads him arrogantly to exact.

Synonyms: arrogance, disdain, contemptuousness, superciliousness, loftiness.

Origin: For hauteinness. See Haughty.

(01 Mar 1998)

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