• WordNet 3.6
    • v arrogate 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"
    • v arrogate 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"
    • v arrogate make undue claims to having
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Arrogate 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • arrogate To claim or demand unduly or presumptuously; lay claim to in an overbearing manner: as, to arrogate power or dignity to one's self.
    • arrogate To lay claim to on behalf of another: as, to arrogate to the crown the privilege of issuing writs.
    • arrogate In Roman law, same as adrogate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Arrogate ar′rog-āt to claim as one's own: to claim proudly or unduly
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  • Frank Lloyd Wright
    “Early in life, I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasions to change.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.”
  • Bible
    “Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. [I Corinthians]”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.”
  • Edgar Z. Friedenberg
    Edgar Z. Friedenberg
    “It takes a kind of shabby arrogance to survive in our time, and a fairly romantic nature to want to.”
  • Rachel Carson
    Rachel Carson
    “The control of nature is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and the convenience of man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. arrogatus, p. p. of adrogare, arrogare, to ask, appropriate to one's self; ad, + rogare, to ask. See Rogation
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. arrogāread, to, rogāre, -ātum, to ask, to claim.


In literature:

Even if this arrogant demand was complied with, would peace be thus possible?
"Continental Monthly, Vol. II. July, 1862. No. 1." by Various
Without advancing the same arrogant claims to spiritual supremacy as Paul had made, Pius was by no means a feeble Pontiff.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Accounts agree that he was arrogant, ambitious and had a will of his own.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney
In the Manifesto all the old arrogance of Absolutism reappeared.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
It is a most arrogant letter and singularly inconclusive.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
It was certainly not a case of arrogance towards a hapless brother of toil.
"Americans and Others" by Agnes Repplier
He had been proud of himself, arrogantly sure of his ability, his nerve, his general superiority.
"Skyrider" by B. M. Bower
Human pretension and arrogance could go no farther.
"A Short History of France" by Mary Platt Parmele
The people in the country-towns and colonies took offence at his costume as showing arrogance.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
This arrogance is the beginning.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger

In poetry:

RIBERA (aside, seating himself slowly).
Curse his swollen arrogance! Doth he imagine
I waited leave of him?
(Luca uncovers the picture).
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
We are accused of terrorism
If we refuse current times
Where America the arrogant the mighty the rich
Became a sworn interpreter of Hebrew.
"We Are Accused Of Terrorism" by Nizar Qabbani
But when, through the noon's blind heat,
The arrogant bee flaunts by,
She yields him her heart's hid sweet,
And he leaves her alone, to die.
"The Way Of Love" by Edith Nesbit
I marked the Arctic arrogance
With which he faced his foemen bold.
Bleak was his mien; clay-cold his glance.
Some vowed his very feet were cold.
"The Impervious Iceberg" by C J Dennis
With measureless nonchalance and pride,
You take the humming bird's caress;
The brown melodious bee must bide
Your haughty, arrogant willfulness!
"The Tulip (Caveat regina)" by Maurice Thompson
Your brittle, super-sensual arrogance
Tosses the crape of red across your brow and down your
As you draw yourself upon yourself in insistence.
"Turkey-Cock" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Washington is used to arrogance, overconfidence, miscalculation and bad judgment.
Now, one who dares run afoul of his honor is an 'arrogant S.O.B'.
There may be only one impediment to President Barack Obama maintaining his small lead in the presidential US election over the next week: arrogance.
Romney 'is smug and arrogant'.
From outsourcing threats and bad business sense to compromised products and career suicide, here are four reasons why arrogant and unapproachable IT professionals need a new tune.
Arrogant, Fascinating and Always Contrarian.
A fellow comedian on car accidents, breakups, arrogance, his possible reappearance, and why his niece just doesn't get it.
Price for Penn State's arrogance was steep, and others should take notice .
The brave hero brought low by his own arrogance.
Poet Maya Angelou says a truncated quote on the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial makes the civil rights icon seem like an 'arrogant twit '.
Although a conservative Utah Republican, I have concluded that, after dominating Utah for many years, the Republican Party has become arrogant, disdainful and shamelessly greedy.
Steve Ott on 'arrogance' of Flyers coach, undisciplined Stars.
Dicks was arrogant and uninformed .
Still, with the arrogance that is so characteristic of his behavior in matters he knows little about (which is a lot of matters), he entered the region as if in a triumphal march.
Alston takes (wedding) cake for arrogance.

In science:

Dembski’s arrogant remark that I and other critics of his work lack qualification to judge his paper does not sound convincing given his own insufficient familiarity with the literature in the field where he is supposed to offer important new results. Here starts my review of Bennett’s paper.
Defining Complexity: A Commentary to a paper by Charles H. Bennett
Being deeply concerned by the evident and arrogant injustice of this politics, I want to express, as a mathematician, my opposition to this choice, together with my solidariety to all those who are fighting every day to make the science survive, even in these hard times, for the present and future generations.
The R-matrix for (twisted) affine quantum algebras