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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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  • What right had he to arrogate to himself again powers of life and death?

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But it is not for me to arrogate to determine the Queen's mind.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • 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
  • They did not arrogate to themselves the authority to originate.

  • You arrogate to yourselves all the rights, as you have done all the virtues!

    The Pearl of the Andes Gustave Aimard
  • Presumptuous and ignorant men, who arrogate the earth to yourselves!

    The Ruins C. F. [Constantin Francois de] Volney
  • Far be it from me to arrogate to myself the attributes of the Deity.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • Men of "high" estate also there are said to be who arrogate such a right to themselves.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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