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Friday, March 22, 2002

Definitions for arrogate

  1. To claim or seize without right or justification; to appropriate.
  2. To claim on behalf of another; to ascribe.

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Citations for arrogate
What's certain is that another American President has arrogated to himself the prerogative of dispatching U.S. military personnel on an overseas combat mission, disregarding the constitutional mandate that only Congress may declare war. , The Progressive
A measure to abolish or radically restrict the ability of ministers to arrogate powers to themselves would be a necessary adjunct to the list of proposals on "open government/parliament". Mike Marqusee, New Statesman & Society
Origin of arrogate
1530-1540
Arrogate comes from Latin adrogare, "to take to oneself, to claim," from ad-, "towards" + rogare, "to ask."