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 formsar·ro·gat·ing·ly, adverbar·ro·ga·tion, nounar·ro·ga·tor, nounun·ar·ro·gat·ed, adjectiveun·ar·ro·gat·ing, adjective
Can be confusedabdicate abrogate arrogate derogate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arrogate

Contemporary Examples of arrogate

Historical Examples of arrogate

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


    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!

British Dictionary definitions for arrogate



(tr) to claim or appropriate for oneself presumptuously or without justification
(tr) to attribute or assign to another without justification
Derived Formsarrogation, nounarrogative (əˈrɒɡətɪv), adjectivearrogator, noun

Word Origin for arrogate

C16: from Latin arrogāre, from rogāre to ask
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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.

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