Hauteur is an obnoxious display of overbearing pride and superiority over others. Rather than showing humility and respect, a bad king might act with hauteur toward his subjects.

The noun hauteur stems from the Old English word haute, meaning "high in one's own estimation." Because it often develops as a result of power over others (or perceived power), it's often associated with royalty or politically powerful figures who throughout history have become vain and arrogant because of their position: A high-powered CEO might show hauteur toward the newly hired assistant; a professional athlete's hauteur may result from the media spotlight and multi-million-dollar contracts.

Definitions of hauteur

n overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors

arrogance, haughtiness, high-handedness, lordliness
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condescension, disdainfulness, superciliousness
the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior
the manifestation of scorn and contempt
overbearing pride or presumption
domineeringness, imperiousness, overbearingness
the trait of being imperious and overbearing
displaying a sense of being better than others
snobbery, snobbishness, snobbism
the trait of condescending to those of lower social status
clannishness, cliquishness, exclusiveness
tendency to associate with only a select group
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pride, superbia
unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem (personified as one of the deadly sins)

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