arrogate

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verb ar·ro·gate \-ˌgāt\

Definition of arrogate

arrogated

;

arrogating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to claim or seize without justificationb :  to make undue claims to having :  assume

  3. 2 :  to claim on behalf of another :  ascribe

arrogation

play \ˌer-ə-ˈgā-shən, ˌa-rə-\ noun

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Examples of arrogate in a sentence

  1. They've arrogated to themselves the power to change the rules arbitrarily.

  2. She arrogated the leadership role to herself.

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.

Origin and Etymology of arrogate

Latin arrogatus, past participle of arrogare, from ad- + rogare to ask — more at right


First Known Use: 1537


ARROGATE Defined for English Language Learners

arrogate

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verb ar·ro·gate \-ˌgāt\

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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