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Roget category 885

6. Words relating to the sentient and moral
6.2. Personal affections
›› 6.2.5. Extrinsic affections

#885. [Undue assumption of superiority.] Insolence


insolencehaughtiness etc. adj. — arrogance, airsoverbearancedomineering etc. v. — tyranny etc. 739.
impertinencesauciness etc. adj. — flippancy, dicacity, petulance, procacity, blusterswagger, swaggering etc. v. — bounceterrorism.
assumption, presumptionbeggar on horsebackusurpation.
impudence, assurance, audacity, hardihood, front, face, brassshamelessness etc. adj. — effrontery, hardened front, face of brass.
assumption of infallibility.
saucebox etc. (blusterer) 887.


be insolent etc. adj. — bluster, vapor, swagger, swell, give oneself airs, snap one's fingers, kick up a dustswear etc. (affirm) 535rap out oathsroister.
arrogateassume, presumemake bold, make freetake a liberty, give an inch and take an ell.
domineer, bully, dictate, hectorlord it overtraiter de haut en bas [Fr.], regarder de haut en bas [Fr.]exactsnub, huff.
, beard, fly in the face ofput to the blushbear down, beat downbrowbeat, intimidatetrample down, tread down, trample under footdragoon, ride roughshod over.
out face, outlook, outstare, outbrazen, outbravestare out of countenancebrazen outlay down the lawteach one's grandmother to suck eggsassume a lofty bearingtalk big, look bigput on big looks, act the grand seigneur [Fr.]mount the high horse, ride the high horsetoss the head, carry, with a high hand.
tempt Providence, want snuffing.


insolent, haughty, arrogant, imperious, magisterial, dictatorial, arbitraryhigh-handed, high and mightycontumelious, supercilious, overbearing, intolerant, domineering, overweening, high-flown.
flippant, pert, fresh [U.S.], cavalier, saucy, forward, impertinent, malapert.
precocious, assuming, would-be, bumptious.
bluffbrazen, shameless, aweless, unblushing, unabashedbrazen, boldfaced-, barefaced-, brazen-faceddead to shame, lost to shame.
impudent, audacious, presumptuous, free and easy, devil-may-care, rollickingjaunty, jantyroistering, blustering, hectoring, swaggering, vaporingthrasonic, fire eating, full of sound and fury" [Macbeth].


with a high handex cathedra [Lat.].


one's bark being worse than his bitebeggars mounted run their horse to death" [Henry VI]; quid times? Caesarem vehis [Lat.]? [Plutarch]; wagahai wa [Jap.] (expressing superiority) [Jap.Tr.].

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