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

Related Words for arrogation

preemption, encroachment, appropriation, confiscation, seizure

Examples from the Web for arrogation

Historical Examples of arrogation

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

    The Tribune of Nova Scotia

    W. L. (William Lawson) Grant

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for arrogation



(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 arrogation

1580s, from Latin arrogationem (nominative arrogatio), noun of action from past participle stem of arrogare "to claim for oneself" (see arrogance).



1530s, from Latin arrogatus, past participle of arrogare "to claim for oneself" (see arrogance). Related: Arrogated; arrogating.

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