Ar·ro·gate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Arrogated p. pr. & vb. n. Arrogating ] 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.
v 1: 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" [syn: claim, lay
claim] [ant: forfeit]
2: make undue claims to having [syn: assign]
3: 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" [syn: assume, usurp, seize,