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From Latin arrogātus, perfect passive participle of adrogō, arrogō (ask of, adopt, appropriate, assume), from ad (to) + rogō (ask).[1]

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arrogate (third-person singular simple present arrogates, present participle arrogating, simple past and past participle arrogated)

  1. (transitive) To appropriate or lay claim to something for oneself without right. [from 1530s]
    Synonyms: commandeer, expropriate, usurp
    Antonyms: abandon, abdicate, relinquish, renounce
    • 1830, William Pashley, The Voice of Reason in Defence of the Christian Faith
      Ye who arrogate to yourselves that ye see more, or at least are not so blind as others; in your unbelieving conduct, allow me to say, ye are blinder than others; ye are even blinder than the most ignorant and illiterate.
    • 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 I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0029:
      “[…] 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.”
    • 2019 March 14, Aditya Chakrabortty, “The problem is not so much Theresa May – it’s that Britain is now ungovernable”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Britain has spent 40-plus years arrogating more and more power to its centre – and now its centre has no idea of how to wield that power. That I think is the fundamental political and economic crisis we face today.

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  1. ^ arrogate” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.

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