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tr.v. ar·ro·gat·ed, ar·ro·gat·ing, ar·ro·gates
1. 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.
2. 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).

[Latin arrogāre, arrogāt- : ad-, ad- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

ar′ro·ga′tion n.
ar′ro·ga′tive adj.
ar′ro·ga′tor n.
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Noun1.arrogator - a person who through conceit makes pretentious claims to rights or advantages that he or she is not entitled to or to qualities that he or she does not possess
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
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Seriously, we owe it to our descendants to remove these arrogators from power, irrespective of party, and repeal their centralized-government legislation before it piles up even more transgenerational debt that can never be repaid.
When he is arrested for questioning the status quo, the community rises in protest, setting the stage for a decisive confrontation with the duplicitous arrogators of power.