#885. [Undue assumption of superiority.] Insolence. -- N. insolence; haughtiness &c. adj.; arrogance, airs; overbearance[obs]; domineering &c. v.; tyranny &c. 739.
impertinence; sauciness &c. adj.; flippancy, dicacity|, petulance, procacity[obs], bluster; swagger, swaggering &c. v.; bounce; terrorism.
assumption, presumption; beggar on horseback; usurpation.
impudence, assurance, audacity, hardihood, front, face, brass; shamelessness &c. adj.; effrontery, hardened front, face of brass.
assumption of infallibility.
saucebox &c. (blusterer) 887[obs].
V. be insolent &c. adj.; bluster, vapor, swagger, swell, give oneself airs, snap one's fingers, kick up a dust; swear &c. (affirm) 535; rap out oaths; roister. arrogate; assume, presume; make bold, make free; take a liberty, give an inch and take an ell.
domineer, bully, dictate, hector; lord it over; traiter de haut en bas[Fr], regarder de haut en bas[Fr]; exact; snub, huff., beard, fly in the face of; put to the blush; bear down, beat down; browbeat, intimidate; trample down, tread down, trample under foot; dragoon, ride roughshod over.
out face, outlook, outstare, outbrazen[obs], outbrave[obs]; stare out of countenance; brazen out; lay down the law; teach one's grandmother to suck eggs; assume a lofty bearing; talk big, look big; put on big looks, act the grand seigneur[Fr]; mount the high horse, ride the high horse; toss the head, carry, with a high hand.
tempt Providence, want snuffing.
Adj. insolent, haughty, arrogant, imperious, magisterial, dictatorial, arbitrary; high-handed, high and mighty; contumelious, supercilious, overbearing, intolerant, domineering, overweening, high-flown.
flippant, pert, fresh [U. S.], cavalier, saucy, forward, impertinent, malapert.
precocious, assuming, would-be, bumptious.
bluff; brazen, shameless, aweless, unblushlng[obs], unabashed; brazen, boldfaced-, barefaced-, brazen-faced; dead to shame, lost to shame.
impudent, audacious, presumptuous, free and easy, devil-may-care, rollicking; jaunty, janty[obs]; roistering, blustering, hectoring, swaggering, vaporing; thrasonic, fire eating, "full of sound and fury " [Macbeth].
Adv. with a high hand; ex cathedra[Lat].
Phr. one's bark being worse than his bite; " beggars mounted run their horse to death " [Henry VI]; quid times? Caesarem vehis [Lat][Plutarch]; wagahai wa [Jap: I (expressing superiority)].