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[ar-uh-geyt] /ˈær əˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), arrogated, arrogating.
to claim unwarrantably or presumptuously; assume or appropriate to oneself without right:
to arrogate the right to make decisions.
to attribute or assign to another; ascribe.
Origin of arrogate
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for arrogate
  • Governments arrogate to themselves the right to do essentially anything they please.
  • These are the legitimate authorities of an elected government which no political party can arrogate to itself.
  • He did not allow experts, except in areas of narrow focus to arrogate to themselves judgements which were his to make.
  • With a consent decree, one state political administration can arrogate unto itself powers it does not have under state law.
British Dictionary definitions for arrogate


(transitive) to claim or appropriate for oneself presumptuously or without justification
(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

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

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