arrogate

[ ar-uh-geyt ]
/ ˈær əˌgeɪt /

verb (used with object), ar·ro·gat·ed, ar·ro·gat·ing.

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

Can be confused

abdicate abrogate arrogate derogate
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British Dictionary definitions for arrogate

arrogate

/ (ˈærəˌɡeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to claim or appropriate for oneself presumptuously or without justification
(tr) to attribute or assign to another without justification

Derived Forms

arrogation, nounarrogative (əˈrɒɡətɪv), adjectivearrogator, noun

Word Origin for arrogate

C16: from Latin arrogāre, from rogāre to ask
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