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arrogate

[ar-uh-geyt] /ˈær əˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), arrogated, arrogating.
1.
to claim unwarrantably or presumptuously; assume or appropriate to oneself without right:
to arrogate the right to make decisions.
2.
to attribute or assign to another; ascribe.
Origin of arrogate
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin arrogātus appropriated, assumed, questioned (past participle of arrogāre), equivalent to arrog- (ar- ar- + rog(āre) to ask, propose) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
arrogatingly, adverb
arrogation, noun
arrogator, noun
unarrogated, adjective
unarrogating, adjective
Can be confused
abdicate, abrogate, arrogate, derogate.
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  • If I describe them faithfully, they must still appear low to those who arrogate to themselves the epithet of “high.”

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • What right had he to arrogate to himself again powers of life and death?

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I arrogate no great merit to myself in still preserving myself untainted in this vortex of folly and vice.

    The Sylph, Volume I and II Georgiana Cavendish
  • But it is not for me to arrogate to determine the Queen's mind.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • I would encourage no Sultan spirit, nor arrogate a single claim over her, deduced from any assumed superiority of my own sex.

    The Young Maiden A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • I am not come of a stock so distinguished that I can arrogate to myself the defence of my order.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • But, not content with the reality, he resolved to arrogate the title; and he thus eventually lost the Peninsula.

  • They did not arrogate to themselves the authority to originate.

British Dictionary definitions for arrogate

arrogate

/ˈærəˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to claim or appropriate for oneself presumptuously or without justification
2.
(transitive) to attribute or assign to another without justification
Derived Forms
arrogation, noun
arrogative (əˈrɒɡətɪv) adjective
arrogator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin arrogāre, from rogāre to ask
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Word Origin and History for arrogate
v.

1530s, from Latin arrogatus, past participle of arrogare "to claim for oneself" (see arrogance). Related: Arrogated; arrogating.

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