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ar·rant

 (ăr′ənt)
adj.
Completely such; thoroughgoing: an arrant fool; the hotel's arrant luxury.

[Variant of errant.]

ar′rant·ly adv.

arrant

(ˈærənt)
adj
utter; out-and-out: an arrant fool.
[C14: a variant of errant (wandering, vagabond); sense developed from its frequent use in phrases like arrant thief (hence: notorious)]
ˈarrantly adv

ar•rant

(ˈær ənt)

adj.
downright; thorough: an arrant fool.
[1350–1400; Middle English, variant of errant]
ar′rant•ly, adv.

arrant

- Means "complete, utter," as in arrant knave, "an extremely untrustworthy individual."
See also related terms for utter.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.arrant - without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth"
unmitigated - not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier; "unmitigated suffering"; "an unmitigated horror"; "an unmitigated lie"

arrant

adjective total, complete, extreme, absolute, gross, notorious, utter, outright, thorough, infamous, rank, blatant, monstrous, vile, downright, atrocious, out-and-out, flagrant, egregious, unmitigated, undisguised, thoroughgoing, deep-dyed (usually derogatory) That's the most arrant nonsense I've ever heard.

arrant

adjective
2. Conspicuously bad or offensive:
Translations

arrant

[ˈærənt] ADJ (frm) [knave, liar etc] → consumado
arrant nonsensepuro disparate m

arrant

[ˈærənt] adj
He's talking arrant nonsense → Il raconte vraiment n'importe quoi.

arrant

adjErz-; arrant cowardErzfeigling m; arrant nonsensebarer Unsinn

arrant

[ˈærənt] adj arrant nonsensecolossali sciocchezze fpl
References in classic literature ?
Tis expressly against the law of arms; 'tis as arrant a piece of knavery, mark you now, as can be offered in the 'orld.
This story was immediately matched by a thrice marvellous adventure of Brom Bones, who made light of the Galloping Hessian as an arrant jockey.
Then tell me; art thou not an arrant, all-grasping, inter-meddling, monopolizing, heathenish old scamp, to be one day making legs, and the next day coffins to clap them in, and yet again life-buoys out of those same coffins?
Here are such numbers, I will not say of arrant thieves, but of errant knights and errant squires, errant monks and errant minstrels, errant jugglers and errant jesters, that a man with a single merk would be in danger, much more a poor swineherd with a whole bagful of zecchins.
That comes--as you call it--of being arrant asses," retorted the doctor, "and not having sense enough to know honest air from poison, and the dry land from a vile, pestiferous slough.
While Don Quixote was saying this, Cardenio allowed his head to fall upon his breast, and seemed plunged in deep thought; and though twice Don Quixote bade him go on with his story, he neither looked up nor uttered a word in reply; but after some time he raised his head and said, "I cannot get rid of the idea, nor will anyone in the world remove it, or make me think otherwise -and he would be a blockhead who would hold or believe anything else than that that arrant knave Master Elisabad made free with Queen Madasima.
The Bishop no sooner saw this action than he knew his man, and that there was a trap set; and being an arrant coward, he wheeled his horse sharply and would have made off down the road; but his own men, spurred on the charge, blocked his way.
The Monkey-man bored me, however; he assumed, on the strength of his five digits, that he was my equal, and was for ever jabbering at me,--jabbering the most arrant nonsense.
That is why there are so many "broad natures" among us who never lose their ideal even in the depths of degradation; and though they never stir a finger for their ideal, though they are arrant thieves and knaves, yet they tearfully cherish their first ideal and are extraordinarily honest at heart.
At first I thought them angels, but they did not leave me long under that delusion; three of the eldest and handsomest undertook the task of setting me right, and they managed so cleverly that in five minutes I knew them, at least, for what they were--three arrant coquettes.
Although I was convinced that the inhabitants of our bay were as arrant cannibals as any of the other tribes on the island, still I could not but feel a particular and most unqualified repugnance to the aforesaid Typees.
Here voyageurs frolicked away their wages, fiddling and dancing in the booths and cabins, buying all kinds of knick-knacks, dressing themselves out finely, and parading up and down, like arrant braggarts and coxcombs.