cavalier
[ kav-uh-leer ]
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Part of Speechadjective
Origin + Etymology
Mid-16th century, from French;From the Italian cavaliere, based on Latin caballus "horse," related to the archaic term for a horseman or member of a cavalry. Possibly related to the pejorative term for a Royalist during the English Civil War.
Synonyms
    1.
  • disdainful
  • haughty
  • supercilious
  • insolent
    2.
  • offhand
  • condescending
Antonyms
    1.
  • humble
  • meek
    2.
  • careful
  • considerate
Definition
1.haughty, disdainful, or supercilious
2.offhand or unceremonious
Examples
1.A) The author isn't welcome at conventions anymore, as his cavalier behavior has rubbed organizers the wrong way. B) The date was swiftly going south, with her cavalier attitude souring what had started so brightly.
2.A) That vase is worth more than everything else here, so perhaps you shouldn't treat it in such a cavalier way. B) I was surprised by how cavalier they handled the graduation ceremony.
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