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Meaning of ARRANT

Pronunciation:  'arunt

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 
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