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Dec 17, 2009
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Miscellaneous words

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anomie
simulacrum
avoirdupois
arrogate
pother

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arrogate

PRONUNCIATION:
(AIR-uh-gayt)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To claim as a right for oneself presumptuously.
2. To claim on behalf of another: to attribute or assign.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin arrogatus (appropriated), past participle of arrogare, from rogare (to ask). Ultimately from the Indo-European reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead or rule) that is also the source of arrogant, regent, regime, direct, rectangle, erect, rectum, alert, source, surge, supererogatory, abrogate, and prorogue.

USAGE:
"Youth fills you with optimistic thoughts, bursts with energy, and brims with confidence. It is the stage where you feel that your calling in life is to change the existing order for betterment arrogating the role of the social arbiter."
Philip Fernando; Understanding the JVP; Daily News (Colombo, Sri Lanka); Dec 8, 2009.

See more usage examples of arrogate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Many demolitions are actually renovations. -Jalaluddin Rumi, poet and mystic (1207-1273)

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