- 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
Examples from the Web for arrogate
And so they try to arrogate my medical authority for their cause.Pediatrician: Don’t Make Your Kid’s Healthcare a Proxy in Your Divorce Battles
February 14, 2014
It is definitely alarming that a president can arrogate to himself this kind of power, whoever the president is.Obama and the Justice Department Memo
February 6, 2013
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
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.History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6)
You arrogate to yourselves all the rights, as you have done all the virtues!The Pearl of the Andes
- (tr) to claim or appropriate for oneself presumptuously or without justification
- (tr) to attribute or assign to another without justification
Word Origin and History for arrogate
1530s, from Latin arrogatus, past participle of arrogare "to claim for oneself" (see arrogance). Related: Arrogated; arrogating.