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Examples of arrogate in a Sentence
They've arrogated to themselves the power to change the rules arbitrarily.
She arrogated the leadership role to herself.
Recent Examples of arrogate from the Web
The rapid team collapse was head-spinning news not only in Australia but also among worldwide fans of cricket, a sport that arrogates to itself a particular moral sanctimony.
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Did You Know?
Arrogate comes from the Latin arrogatus, a past participle of the verb "arrogare," which means "to appropriate to one's self." The Latin verb, in turn, was formed from the prefix ad- ("to" or "toward") and the verb "rogare" ("to ask"). You may have noticed that "arrogate" is similar to the more familiar "arrogant." And there is, in fact, a relationship between the two words. "Arrogant" comes from Latin arrogant-, arrogans, the present participle of "arrogare." "Arrogant" is often applied to that sense of superiority which comes from someone claiming (or arrogating) more consideration than is due to that person's position, dignity, or power.
ARROGATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of arrogate for English Language Learners
: to take or claim (something, such as a right or a privilege) in a way that is not fair or legal
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