- arrivistesN-COUNT (disapproval)You describe someone as an arriviste when you are criticizing them because they are trying very hard to belong to an influential or important social group which you feel they have no right to belong to. [FORMAL]
A woman regarded by some as a pushy arriviste...
The new arrivals would not be political arrivistes.
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arriviste — [ arivist ] n. • 1893; de arriver ♦ Personne dénuée de scrupules qui veut arriver, réussir dans le monde par n importe quel moyen. « Qu est ce qu un arriviste ? Un futur arrivé » (Renard). C est une arriviste. ⇒ carriériste (cf. Avoir les dents… … Encyclopédie Universelle
arriviste — (n.) pushy, ambitious person, 1901, from Fr. arriviste, from arriver to arrive (see ARRIVE (Cf. arrive)). The notion is of a person intent on arriving at success or in society … Etymology dictionary
arriviste — ► NOUN often derogatory ▪ a person who has recently gained social or financial status or is ambitious to do so. ORIGIN French … English terms dictionary
arriviste — [ar΄ē vēst′, er΄ē vēst; ] Fr [ ȧ rēvēst′] n. [Fr < arriver (see ARRIVE) + iste, IST1] a person who has recently gained power, wealth, success, etc. and is regarded as an upstart; parvenu … English World dictionary
arriviste — UK [ˌærɪˈviːst] / US noun [countable] Word forms arriviste : singular arriviste plural arrivistes someone who has recently joined an organization or community, and is disliked by its members who have been there longer … English dictionary
arriviste — (ah ree VEEST) [French] A person who uses any means available to realize his or her desires. In current usage, one who attains sudden social or financial success through underhanded or dishonorable practices rather than hard work. They were … Dictionary of foreign words and phrases
arriviste — noun Etymology: French, from arriver Date: 1901 one that is a new and uncertain arrival (as in social position or artistic endeavor) … New Collegiate Dictionary
ARRIVISTE — n. m. Celui qui pratique l’arrivisme … Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)
arriviste — /ar ee veest /; Fr. /ann rddee veest /, n., pl. arrivistes / veests /; Fr. / veest /. a person who has recently acquired unaccustomed status, wealth, or success, esp. by dubious means and without earning concomitant esteem. [1900 05; < F; see… … Universalium
arriviste — noun upstart, newcomer, late arrival, nouveau riche, generally characterised as an ambitious, brash or arrogant person who has yet to integrate with his or her new social group … Wiktionary