From Latin arrogātus, perfect passive participle of adrogō, arrogō (“ask of, adopt, appropriate, assume”), from ad (“to”) + rogō (“ask”).
arrogate (third-person singular simple present arrogates, present participle arrogating, simple past and past participle arrogated)
- (transitive) To appropriate or lay claim to something for oneself without right.
1874, Patrick James Stirling, Maudit Argent!, Putnam, translation of original by Frédéric Bastiat, page 169:
- Unfortunately, certain capitalists have arrogated to themselves monopolies and privileges which are quite sufficient to account for this [commotion of the populace against capitalists].
1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
- “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
to appropriate or lay claim to something without right