- The definition of arrogate is to seize something without justification.
An example of arrogate is to take over someones land without any right or reason.
transitive verbar·ro·gat·ed, ar·ro·gat·ing, ar·ro·gates
- To take or claim for oneself without right; appropriate: “That's how my cousin came to don the hand-tailored suits and to arrogate to himself the glamorous responsibility for ushering to their tables big-name customers” (Philip Roth). See Synonyms at appropriate.
- To ascribe on behalf of another in an unwarranted manner: “The Platt Amendment of 1901 arrogated to the United States the right to intervene in Cuba in case of threats to its independence or American lives or property” (Walter McDougall).
Origin of arrogateLatin arrogāre, arrogāt- : ad-, ad- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present arrogates, present participle arrogating, simple past and past participle arrogated)