Arrogate



to claim unwarrantably or presumptuously; assume or appropriate to oneself without right:
to arrogate the right to make decisions.
to attribute or assign to another; ascribe.
Contemporary Examples

It is definitely alarming that a president can arrogate to himself this kind of power, whoever the president is.
Obama and the Justice Department Memo Michael Tomasky February 5, 2013

And so they try to arrogate my medical authority for their cause.
Pediatrician: Don’t Make Your Kid’s Healthcare a Proxy in Your Divorce Battles Russell Saunders February 13, 2014

Historical Examples

If I describe them faithfully, they must still appear low to those who arrogate to themselves the epithet of “high.”
Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard

What right had he to arrogate to himself again powers of life and death?
K Mary Roberts Rinehart

I arrogate no great merit to myself in still preserving myself untainted in this vortex of folly and vice.
The Sylph, Volume I and II Georgiana Cavendish

But it is not for me to arrogate to determine the Queen’s mind.
St. Martin’s Summer Rafael Sabatini

I would encourage no Sultan spirit, nor arrogate a single claim over her, deduced from any assumed superiority of my own sex.
The Young Maiden A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey

I am not come of a stock so distinguished that I can arrogate to myself the defence of my order.
Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever

But, not content with the reality, he resolved to arrogate the title; and he thus eventually lost the Peninsula.
Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846 Various

They did not arrogate to themselves the authority to originate.
History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6) Heinrich Graetz

verb
(transitive) to claim or appropriate for oneself presumptuously or without justification
(transitive) to attribute or assign to another without justification
v.

1530s, from Latin arrogatus, past participle of arrogare “to claim for oneself” (see arrogance). Related: Arrogated; arrogating.

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