Definition of arrant in English:



  • attributive Complete, utter.

    ‘what arrant nonsense!’
    • ‘Sometime last week this arrant nonsense appeared in one of the local newspapers.’
    • ‘This is arrant nonsense, and further proof that the history of pop music is not taught properly in schools these days.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To pretend or believe that any or all of this could be done without explicit state and military sanction is the most arrant nonsense.’
    • ‘Did you ever, in all your life, hear such arrant nonsense?’
    • ‘However Ken conspicuously failed to mention that the other teams researching in the area have dismissed the Vinnikov and Grody paper as arrant nonsense.’
    • ‘These people crumble when their arrant nonsense is confronted with simple common sense.’
    • ‘From the point of view of historical fact, this is all - to put it mildly - arrant nonsense.’
    • ‘According to him, the idea of ‘Hindustan for Hindus is not merely arrogant but is arrant nonsense‘.’
    • ‘‘This is arrant nonsense,’ Sivan replies, when asked this question.’
    • ‘Leiter makes sweeping and imprecise generalizations that turn out to be arrant nonsense, however you interpret them.’
    • ‘There is a good catalogue here of the arrant nonsense that has been used by European intellectuals to justify their jealous hatred of the USA.’
    • ‘Day after day, our leaders feed us arrant nonsense.’
    • ‘One must question the credibility of a journal that publishes such arrant nonsense.’
    • ‘I have just listened to Mr Clayton Cosgrove, who I believe is a former trade union official, and who understands all about producer boards, talking arrant nonsense.’
    • ‘I was a Minister for 9 years, and what the Hon Trevor Mallard has said is absolute arrant nonsense.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘The notion that the women's movement denigrates women who choose the traditional roles of wife and mother is arrant nonsense,’ columnist Molly Ivins writes emphatically.’
    • ‘Either Connor hasn't read Mabo (or hasn't read it very carefully), or he's relying on the fact that most of the readers of his Bulletin article won't have done so, and therefore won't realise that his claim is arrant nonsense.’
    • ‘We heard arrant nonsense from this hopeless Minister of Police, who wanders around the country in a daze, blinded by his own incompetence.’
    utter, downright, thoroughgoing, absolute, complete, thorough, through and through, total, unmitigated, outright, out-and-out, real, perfect, consummate, surpassing, sheer, rank, pure, unqualified, inveterate, positive, undiluted, unalloyed, unadulterated, in every respect, unconditional
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Middle English: variant of errant, originally in phrases such as arrant thief (‘outlawed, roving thief’).