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ar•ri•viste  (ar′ē vēst; Fr. a rē vēst),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -vistes 
    (ar′ē vēst; Fr. a rē vēst),USA pronunciation 
  1. a person who has recently acquired unaccustomed status, wealth, or success, esp. by dubious means and without earning concomitant esteem.
  • French; see arrive, -ist
  • 1900–05


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arriviste /ˌæriːˈviːst; French: arivist/ n
  1. a person who is unscrupulously ambitious
Etymology: French: see arrive, -ist



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