Adjective "arrant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Complete, utter.
  1. 'According to him, the idea of ‘Hindustan for Hindus is not merely arrogant but is arrant nonsense‘.'
  2. 'The western world is fed so much arrant nonsense about people who follow differing forms of religious observance and, sadly, it is usually of a highly derogatory nature.'
  3. 'In public, the managers might pretend that their players don't drink, that only the highest standards of professionalism are tolerated, that football has moved into the modern world, but that's arrant nonsense.'
  4. 'Day after day, our leaders feed us arrant nonsense.'
  5. 'We heard arrant nonsense from this hopeless Minister of Police, who wanders around the country in a daze, blinded by his own incompetence.'
  6. 'However Ken conspicuously failed to mention that the other teams researching in the area have dismissed the Vinnikov and Grody paper as arrant nonsense.'
  7. 'From the point of view of historical fact, this is all - to put it mildly - arrant nonsense.'
  8. 'Did you ever, in all your life, hear such arrant nonsense?'
  9. 'I was a Minister for 9 years, and what the Hon Trevor Mallard has said is absolute arrant nonsense.'
  10. 'One must question the credibility of a journal that publishes such arrant nonsense.'


1. downright; thorough; unmitigated; notorious: an arrant fool.

2. wandering; errant.

More examples(as adjective)

"nonsenses can be arrant."

"swindles can be arrant."

"rudenesses can be arrant."

"narcissisms can be arrant."

"mischief-makings can be arrant."

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Middle English: variant of errant, originally in phrases such as arrant thief (‘outlawed, roving thief’).