Definition of arrogate in US English:



[with object]
  • Take or claim (something) without justification.

    ‘they arrogate to themselves the ability to divine the nation's true interests’
    • ‘In this, the government with a good majority is actually arrogating the powers of Parliament.’
    • ‘They arrogated this power to themselves under the phoney mandate of ‘global economic integration’.’
    • ‘He describes the austerities he endured on the long road to ordination and the claims he arrogated to himself as a priest.’
    • ‘Under the fiat money system the FED has arrogated unlimited powers to itself, namely, the power to print unlimited amounts of money.’
    • ‘It is heartening that the Court was, in the end, unpersuaded by the Executive's claim that it must have the unilateral powers it had arrogated to itself because we are in the midst of the war on terror.’
    • ‘The Indonesian army has not faced any external threat since 1965 yet it has arrogated enormous powers to itself inside the country.’
    • ‘It is doubtful that the US can successfully arrogate this privilege only to itself.’
    • ‘If Israel continues to seize and arrogate our land and ignore the rule of international law and legitimacy, then, yes, the ultimate outcome would be the resumption of violence and bloodshed.’
    • ‘And that was one of the things that I'm pointing out in my book, that the courts have arrogated power to themselves that should be given to the legislature.’
    • ‘For the dollar to fulfill the function to which it arrogated itself, winning this battle with gold was a life-and-death matter.’
    • ‘The Executive Branch arrogates the authority to become the investigator, the prosecutor, the judge, the jury, and then the executioner.’
    • ‘A president who makes such a claim would be arrogating the right to be the ultimate arbiter of war and peace and to stand in judgment over the world.’
    • ‘Rauschenberg's re-telling of the story becomes a sardonic portrait of American foreign policy, in which the imperial power claims exclusive rights to victim-status as a prelude to arrogating the right to inflict suffering on others.’
    • ‘The government would not allow anybody to arrogate the right to themselves to reverse the victory of peace ‘our country and people achieved at a high cost in terms of loss in human lives and injury to very many’.’
    • ‘A monarch would attempt to arrogate power to himself, as do all the current Middle Eastern kings.’
    • ‘Neither in World War II nor in the Cold War did US administrations go so far in restricting civil liberties or arrogating unlimited power to the executive branch.’
    • ‘Even if the vote is held, it is clear that Washington continues to arrogate to itself the ‘right’ that it has claimed since 1914 to intervene and depose any Haitian government that fails to do its bidding.’
    • ‘We didn't think you'd start trying to arrogate powers to yourself that aren't yours!’
    • ‘The sad irony is that, so long as he arrogated the country's bear-hunting rights largely to himself, the bear population flourished.’
    • ‘The real problem is that due to Chen's playing with this topic in hints and suggestions, and arrogating the decision to himself rather than a more democratic process, it is now virtually too late for such a decision to be taken.’
    assume, take, take on, take over, secure, acquire, seize, expropriate, take possession of, help oneself to, make free with, appropriate, steal, wrest, usurp, commandeer, hijack, annex, claim, lay claim to
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See abrogate


Mid 16th century: from Latin arrogat- ‘claimed for oneself’, from the verb arrogare, from ad- ‘to’ + rogare ‘ask’.