The Closing Word: Arrogate

The Closing Word: ArrogateThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (AIR-uh-gate)

1. seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one’s right or possession
2. demand as being one’s due or property; assert one’s right or title to
3. make undue claims to having

From “When someone takes control of something, often without permission, such as when a military general assumes the power of a country’s government after getting rid of the previous leader, they arrogate power or control to themselves. Occasionally the verb arrogate means something like “assert one’s right to,” or take something that is deserved, but more often it implies a taking by force.”

“The absentee owner was horrified to discover squatters had arrogated the duplex, turning her investment property into a filthy camp.”


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