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Friday, March 22, 2002


\AIR-uh-gayt\ , transitive verb;
To claim or seize without right or justification; to appropriate.
To claim on behalf of another; to ascribe.
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.
-- "Imposing 'democracy' in Haiti", The Progressive, November 1, 1994
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, "Stumped for success", New Statesman & Society, January 19, 1996
The most sinister dimension of this form of 'terror' was that it became an intrinsic component of Fascist and Nazi governance, executed at the behest of, and in complete subservience to, the ruling political party of the land -- which had arrogated to itself complete, total control of the country and its people.
-- Bruce Hoffman, Inside Terrorism
Arrogate comes from Latin adrogare, "to take to oneself, to claim," from ad-, "towards" + rogare, "to ask."
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