I was watching a game video on Youtube, and I was not sure the meaning "somebody of my caliber" when Loretta blamed Jonathan for his rudeness. Here are the quotes.

(a mysterious vampire woman appears in front of them)

Charlotte: I knew I smelled something. Seems like some maggots got inside.

Jonathan: !! A vampire!

Loretta: My, My, such attitude... You dare disrespect somebody of my caliber?

Loretta: I am a LADY. Lady Loretta. As you said, your battle just
now may have weakened us a bit... However, I do have some
tragic news for you. This wasn't the only one of my father's

I have looked it up into some online dictionary webs but there are no example sentences for "somebody of my caliber".

Since Loretta said that to Jonathan, I guess that "You dare disrespect somebody of my caliber" is an insinuation, which means "You dare disrespect me"
Please correct me if I am wrong.

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    Its meaning should be obvious if you look up the word caliber in a dictionary. BTW, the dialogue sounds like Japanese to me, even though it's in English. Being curious, I checked and found its Wikipedia page Castlevania (キャッスルヴァニア). I guess that in Japanese it would be something like "You dare disrespect someone of the level (of quality/ability/intelligence) as high as me?", so I think you're right about it being an insinuation. Dec 14, 2015 at 7:24
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    It was my pleasure! Dec 14, 2015 at 19:06
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    "someone of my caliber" is also commonly used.
    – user3169
    Dec 15, 2015 at 3:44

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You are correct in guessing it is an insinuation. It means that the speaker feels they are superior to the listener (and possibly the general public as well) with either higher morals or greater abilities and is being disrespected by the inferior listener. It is usually said with a level of disdain and contempt to the listener.

A colloquialism which gets used is :

Seller: I'm sorry but you'll have to wait your turn.
Buyer: Do you know who I am? (emphatically and with disdain)

meaning don't you know how important I am? No one else matters, you should be paying attention to me.

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    Pleasure @Kitty, keep asking questions! (and please tick the answer if you like it)
    – Peter
    Dec 14, 2015 at 17:51

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