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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 arrogation
Historical Examples
  • He ridicules the arrogation to itself by the 'Compact' of a monopoly of loyalty.

    The Tribune of Nova Scotia

    W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
  • This arrogation of dignity was much resented by his friends.

    The Hypocrite Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The arrogation of sole possession could but lead to the disintegration of the troop.

British Dictionary definitions for arrogation


(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 arrogation

1580s, from Latin arrogationem (nominative arrogatio), noun of action from past participle stem of arrogare "to claim for oneself" (see arrogance).



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

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