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
  1. noun
    overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    pride, superbia
    unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem (personified as one of the deadly sins)
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