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arriviste

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Pronunciation: /ˌariːˈviːst
 
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Definition of arriviste in English:

noun

An ambitious or ruthlessly self-seeking person.
Example sentences
  • Full of arrivistes and the new rich for whom desperate consumption was a proof of being, its secret world (secret, that is, to all not admitted to the charmed circles of the West End) revolved around sex and gambling.
  • Even the arrivistes in California understood the sophistication required for a vigneron, commissioning fine architects to enhance their vineyards with beautiful buildings.
  • The ‘image’ of a city like Tokyo or New York might well come from star-struck arrivistes rather than locals.
Synonyms
social climber, status seeker, would-be, go-getter, self-seeker, adventurer, adventuress;
(arrivistes)the nouveau riche, the new rich, new money

Origin

early 20th century: from French, from arriver (see arrive).

Derivatives

arrivisme

1
Pronunciation: /ˌariːˈviːzm(ə)/
noun
Example sentences
  • Fortunately, however, the book is much more than a tale of the shameless arrivisme and social contortions of an outsider determined to be accepted by the British upper class.
  • One of the more overlooked lines in The Importance Of Being Earnest is Lady Bracknell's passing remark that she had no fortune whatever before she married; she may, in other words, have been herself guilty of exactly the arrivisme of which she implicitly accuses the handbag-foundling Jack Worthing.
  • In the current period of stagnation, arrivisme, and regression, it seems right to think of Lotman's work as testifying to those shoots of modest but tenacious vitality that sometimes - indeed, more often than one might think - grow under the snows of Russian winter and that the West is not always alert or sensitive enough to detect.

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