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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of arrogate.
  • adj. claimed falsely


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  • -- A title arrogated to himself by Alexander.] [Line 393: Dullness here 'seems to be incorrectly used.

    An Essay on Criticism

  • From his company's website: "Earnings increased 1,100% versus the prior comparable period" implies good news for owners of Mr. Hennessy's management company, though this "arrogated" bounty surely necessitates bad news for his fund investors, as the release also states: "Assets under management grew from $775 million on June 30, 2009 to $813 million on June 30, 2010."

    Managers Have a Lot of Leeway in Setting Fund Fees

  • It was the state security council, chaired by successive NP government leaders including de Klerk, which had "arrogated" itself the right to determine the fate of many anti-apartheid activists inside South Africa and on foreign land, Mamoepa said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • That power had been wrongly arrogated by the rogue federal regulator known as the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

    Ed Mierzwinski: In The Public Interest : The More You Know, The More You Know We Need A Strong CFPB

  • In general, moralizing in some presumptive, superficial, arrogated manner, whether on ideological or “religious” grounds, generally needs to be avoided.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Do ‘Family Values’ Weaken Families?”

  • The worst of the current raids may be that many of us assumed, expected, even demanded, that the Obama administration would back off from Bush's Imperial Presidency project, in which the federal administration arrogated to itself the right to investigate, harass, and even arrest without trial anyone who they considered to be dangerous to their "national security" policies.

    Michael Schwartz: Unfortunately, Obama Is Expanding the Imperial Presidency

  • Recent sniping between Sarah Palin and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer highlights the crucial distinction between rebellious attitudes that attack unfairly arrogated power and privilege and a trendy neo-populism that attacks brains.


  • From the perspective of the incumbent and his or her advisers, it is difficult to roll back power that has been arrogated to the office by a predecessor.

    Another Obama letdown (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • For decades, the United States has arrogated the role of convening Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    Josh Ruebner: Top 10 Reasons for Skepticism on Israeli-Palestinian Talks

  • The fact is that, even if the voters approve a two-term limit in November, the Commission has arrogated to itself the power to frustrate that decision for eleven years.

    Henry J. Stern: Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied


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