Part of speech: verb

To take, demand, or claim unreasonably; assume; usurp.

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Usage examples "arrogate":

  1. The American people arrogate to themselves a character of superior morality and religion, but this division of their hours of leisure does not give me a favourable idea of either. - "Domestic Manners of the Americans", Fanny Trollope.
  2. They all gazed at each other with an air of astonishment; and, notwithstanding that the loss of veils and turbans, together with torn habits and dust blended with sweat, presented a most laughable spectacle, there was not one smile to be seen; on the contrary, all, with looks of confusion and sadness, returned in silence to Samarah, and retired to their inmost apartments, without ever reflecting that they had been impelled by an invisible power into the extravagance for which they reproached themselves; for it is but just that men, who so often arrogate to their own merit the good of which they are but instruments, should attribute to themselves the absurdities which they could not prevent. - "The History of the Caliph Vathek", William Beckford.
  3. Thou art not so bad a republican as to arrogate all Paris to thyself! - "Zanoni", Edward Bulwer Lytton.