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adj. haugh·ti·er, haugh·ti·est
Scornfully and condescendingly proud. See Synonyms at arrogant.

[From Middle English haut, from Old French haut, halt, alteration (influenced by Frankish hōh, high) of Latin altus, high; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

haugh′ti·ly adv.
haugh′ti·ness n.
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(See also POMPOSITY.)

bridle To tuck in the chin and throw the head back as in vanity or scorn; to put on an air of disdain or offense; sometimes bridle up or back. The allusion is to the upward movement of a horse’s head when the reins are abruptly pulled. In use since 1480, the term appeared in Henry Fielding’s Amelia (1751):

“Is she,” said my aunt, bridling herself, “fit to decide between us?”

high-hat To act in an aloof, snobbish, or condescending manner.

Denver’s dignity was mistaken by some for “high-hatting.” (Noel Coward, Australia Revisited, 1941)

This expression, alluding to the tall headgear formerly worn by the wealthy, usually refers to a manner of behavior, although it is also often used as a moniker for a pompous or pretentious person.

look down one’s nose To regard in a condescending manner; to view with disdain or disgust. A person who literally looks down his nose bears a countenance of disapproval or arrogance. The expression carries a strong suggestion of snobbery or haughtiness.

It is getting more difficult for a lawyer to look down his nose at the courtroom, with consequent impairment of the prestige of the courts. (Baltimore Sun, October, 1932)

on one’s high horse With one’s nose in the air; pretentious, arrogant, affected; also to ride or mount the high horse, to get down off one’s high horse, and other variants. In royal pageants of former times persons of high rank rode on tall horses, literally above the common people. Use of the expression dates from the late 18th century.

Only his mother felt that Mayo was not a rude boy, but his father frequently asked Mayo to get down off his high horse and act like everybody else. (William Saroyan, Assyrian & Other Stories, 1950)

toffee-nosed Stuck-up, with one’s nose in the air, conceited, pretentious, stuffy. Although the origin of this British slang term is not certain, it may be related to the stickiness of the candy.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.haughtiness - overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiorshaughtiness - overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
superbia, pride - unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem (personified as one of the deadly sins)
condescension, disdainfulness, superciliousness - the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior
contemptuousness - the manifestation of scorn and contempt; "every subordinate sensed his contemptuousness and hated him in return"
hubris - overbearing pride or presumption
domineeringness, imperiousness, overbearingness - the trait of being imperious and overbearing
superiority - displaying a sense of being better than others; "he hated the white man's superiority and condescension"
snobbery, snobbishness, snobbism - the trait of condescending to those of lower social status
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noun pride, arrogance, disdain, airs, contempt, conceit, pomposity, aloofness, hauteur, snobbishness, loftiness, superciliousness, contemptuousness She lacks the arrogance and haughtiness of so many musical artists.
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stórlæti, hroki


[ˈhɔːtɪnɪs] Naltanería f, altivez f
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nHochmut m, → Überheblichkeit f; (of look)Geringschätzigkeit f
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[ˈhɔːtɪnɪs] naltezzosità, alterigia
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(ˈhoːti) adjective
very proud. a haughty look; a haughty young woman.
ˈhaughtily adverb
ˈhaughtiness noun
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References in classic literature ?
The other causes are haughtiness, fear, eminence, contempt, disproportionate increase in some part of the state.
The Queen is insulted by my haughtiness equal to treason, but no punishment even blood, will not be able to wash out the disgrace, which you have suffered by me.
They forgot immediately their natural temper, their ferocity and haughtiness were softened into mildness and submission; they asked pardon for their insolence, and we were ever after good friends.
At one moment there is to be a large army to lay prostrate the liberties of the people; at another moment the militia of Virginia are to be dragged from their homes five or six hundred miles, to tame the republican contumacy of Massachusetts; and that of Massachusetts is to be transported an equal distance to subdue the refractory haughtiness of the aristocratic Virginians.
"Sir," replied Anne, with a degree of haughtiness which to certain persons became impertinence, "this is the reason that you trouble me in the midst of so many absorbing concerns!
Pardon me, my lord, haughtiness, nobleness; kings have no pride, that is a human passion."
The press was great, and Earl Percy drove a way through the crowd with so much haughtiness and violence that the Bishop of London cried out at him in wrath.
Matrimony, therefore, having removed all such motives, he grew weary of this condescension, and began to treat the opinions of his wife with that haughtiness and insolence, which none but those who deserve some contempt themselves can bestow, and those only who deserve no contempt can bear.
For this reason there positively came into Alexey Alexandrovitch's face a look of haughtiness and severity whenever anyone inquired after his wife's health.
Katerina Ivanovna, in fact, could hardly help meeting her guests with increased dignity, and even haughtiness. She stared at some of them with special severity, and loftily invited them to take their seats.
Nothing could be more gracefully majestic than his step and manner, had they not been marked by a predominant air of haughtiness, easily acquired by the exercise of unresisted authority.
He was remarkable for self-respect, without haughtiness. He had a sensitive and tender heart and would do anything for a friend.