Arrogant vs Pretentious - What's the difference?

arrogant | pretentious |


As adjectives the difference between arrogant and pretentious

is that arrogant is having excessive pride in oneself, often with contempt for others while pretentious is marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.

arrogant

English

(arrogance)

Alternative forms

* arrogaunt (obsolete)

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Having excessive pride in oneself, often with contempt for others.
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  • Usage notes

    * Said of people, statements, etc.

    Synonyms

    * conceited * condescending * disdainful * haughty * high-handed * narcissistic * overbearing * presumptuous * supercilious * proud * vain * See also

    Antonyms

    * humble * modest

    Derived terms

    * arrogantly

    Anagrams

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    pretentious

    English

    Alternative forms

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    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.
  • Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.
  • Ostentatious; intended to impress others.
  • Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.

    Synonyms

    * poseur * See also

    Antonyms

    * unpretentious

    Derived terms

    * pretentiously * pretentiousness

    References

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