When a statement is absolutely, completely ridiculous, the statement is an example of arrant nonsense.
An arrant fool; the hotel's arrant luxury.
An arrant fool.
Origin of arrant
- Variant of errant
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Alteration of errant. Originally meaning wandering (errant), the term came to be an intensifier due to its use as an epithet, e.g. in the phrases "arrant thieves" and "arrant knaves" (i.e., wandering bandits).