This characterization is used to describe those who assume themselves to be superior to others. It seems those who might mistake this description as a compliment are the truest to form.
“I see myself capable of arrogance and brutality… That’s a fierce thing, to discover within yourself that which you despise the most in others.” –George Stevens
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“Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.” –Friedrich Nietzsche
Looking back to the original usage of the word arrogance, it comes from the Latin word arrogāns (to assume something to oneself). In the late 14th century, it became arrogant (excessive pride in oneself, often with contempt for others) in Old French.
According to Merriam-Webster…
arrogance: exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one’s own worth or importance often by an overbearing manner
According to dictionary.com…
-making claims or pretensions to superior importance or rights; overbearingly assuming; insolently proud
“I’m not a snob. Ask anybody. Well, anybody who matters.” -Simon Le Bon
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