Definitions for: Arrogate


[v] seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession; "He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town"; "he usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"
[v] demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to; "He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter"; "Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident"
[v] make undue claims to having



Webster (1913) Definition: Ar"ro*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Arrogated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Arrogating.] [L. arrogatus, p. p. of adrogare,
arrogare, to ask, appropriate to one's self; ad + rogare to
ask. See Rogation.]
To assume, or claim as one's own, unduly, proudly, or
presumptuously; to make undue claims to, from vanity or
baseless pretensions to right or merit; as, the pope
arrogated dominion over kings.

He arrogated to himself the right of deciding
dogmatically what was orthodox doctrine. --Macaulay.

Synonyms: assume, claim, lay claim, seize, take over, usurp

Antonyms: forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard, waive

See Also: arrogate, ascribe, assign, bespeak, call for, pretend, quest, raid, request, requisition, take

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