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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Arrant  \Ar"rant\,  a.  [OE.  erraunt  errant,  errand,  equiv.  to  E. 
  errant  wandering,  which  was  first  applied  to  vagabonds,  as  an 
  errant  rogue,  an  errant  thief,  and  hence  passed  gradually 
  into  its  present  and  worse  sense  See  {Errant}.] 
  Notoriously  or  pre["e]minently  bad  thorough  or  downright,  in 
  a  bad  sense  shameless;  unmitigated;  as  an  arrant  rogue  or 
  coward. 
 
  I  discover  an  arrant  laziness  in  my  soul.  --Fuller. 
 
  2.  Thorough  or  downright,  in  a  good  sense  [Obs.] 
 
  An  arrant  honest  woman.  --Burton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  arrant 
  adj  :  without  qualification;  used  informally  as  (often  pejorative) 
  intensifiers;  "an  arrant  fool";  "a  complete  coward";  "a 
  consummate  fool";  "a  double-dyed  villain";  "gross 
  negligence";  "a  perfect  idiot";  "pure  folly";  "what  a 
  sodding  mess";  "stark  staring  mad";  "a  thoroughgoing 
  villain";  "utter  nonsense"  [syn:  {arrant(a)},  {complete(a)}, 
  {consummate(a)},  {double-dyed(a)},  {everlasting(a)},  {gross(a)}, 
  {perfect(a)},  {pure(a)},  {sodding(a)},  {stark(a)},  {staring(a)}, 
  {thoroughgoing(a)},  {utter(a)}] 




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