[ ar-uh-geyt ]
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verb (used with object),ar·ro·gat·ed, ar·ro·gat·ing.
  1. to claim unwarrantably or presumptuously; assume or appropriate to oneself without right: to arrogate the right to make decisions.

  2. 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

Other words from arrogate

  • ar·ro·gat·ing·ly, adverb
  • ar·ro·ga·tion, noun
  • ar·ro·ga·tor, noun
  • un·ar·ro·gat·ed, adjective
  • un·ar·ro·gat·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with arrogate

Words Nearby arrogate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use arrogate in a sentence

  • No attempt seems to have been made on the part of any Archbishop of the Eastern capital to arrogate to himself temporal power.

    The Walls of Constantinople | Bernard Granville Baker
  • Presumptuous and ignorant men, who arrogate the earth to yourselves!

    The Ruins | C. F. [Constantin Francois de] Volney

British Dictionary definitions for arrogate


/ (ˈærəˌɡeɪt) /

  1. (tr) to claim or appropriate for oneself presumptuously or without justification

  2. (tr) to attribute or assign to another without justification

Origin of arrogate

C16: from Latin arrogāre, from rogāre to ask

Derived forms of arrogate

  • arrogation, noun
  • arrogative (əˈrɒɡətɪv), adjective
  • arrogator, noun

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