Arrogate comes from 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- or 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.
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 on the WebThe Chinese Communist Party, bizarrely, arrogates to itself the right to approve his successor.
The Economist, 11 Dec. 2019 The pattern is always the same: One branch arrogates to itself a power reserved to another.
Sherif Girgis, National Review, 5 Dec. 2019 While Europa Clipper’s development has proceeded apace, however, the SLS rocket has remained mired in setbacks and was arrogated by the Artemis lunar program instigated by the Trump administration.
Jillian Kramer, Scientific American, 20 Aug. 2019 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.
Damien Cave And Rick Gladstone, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2018
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borrowed from Latin arrogātus, past participle of arrogāre "to appoint along with (another magistrate), lay claim to, claim to possess, make undue claims, be conceited," from ar-, assimilated form of ad-ad- + rogāre "to ask, request" — more at rogation