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1. parvenu

adjective. characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position.

Synonyms

  • pretentious
  • upstart
  • nouveau-riche

Antonyms

  • terminal
  • tasteful
  • unostentatious
  • nonmodern

Etymology

  • parvenu (French)
  • parvenir (Latin)

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2. parvenu

adjective. of or characteristic of a parvenu.

Synonyms

  • new

Antonyms

  • insubordinate
  • senior

Etymology

  • parvenu (French)
  • parvenir (Latin)

3. parvenu

noun. a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class.

Synonyms

  • climber
  • social climber
  • upstart
  • unpleasant person
  • disagreeable person
  • arriviste
  • nouveau-riche

Antonyms

  • noncurrent
  • unoriginal
  • experienced
  • precedented

Etymology

  • parvenu (French)
  • parvenir (Latin)
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