[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arrogation

  • 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.

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

    The Tribune of Nova Scotia|W. L. (William Lawson) Grant

British Dictionary definitions for arrogation


/ (ˈærəˌɡeɪt) /


(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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