Friday, March 22, 2002
arrogate transitive verb [AIR-uh-gayt] To claim or seize without right or justification; to appropriate.
Definitions for arrogate
- To claim or seize without right or justification; to appropriate.
- 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.
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".
Origin of arrogate
Arrogate comes from Latin adrogare, "to take to oneself, to claim," from ad-, "towards" + rogare, "to ask."