3. transitive. With to, for. To claim (something) without justification on another's behalf; to assign or attribute (something) unduly, inappropriately, or incorrectly.
1584 W. Allen True Def. Eng. Catholiques viii. 198 The next step vnto which is (doubtles) to say and beleeue, that a temporal King is aboue the Priest in causes ecclesiastical..and so arrogate the regiment of the Church to a Queene.
1605 T. Tymme tr. J. Du Chesne Pract. Chymicall & Hermeticall Physicke i. vi. sig. D4v We deny that those inset and naturall qualities..are to be arrogated to hotte, moist, and drie.
1818 S. T. Coleridge tr. in Friend (new ed.) I. iv. 34 To Antiquity we arrogate many things, to ourselves nothing.
1863 H. Cox Inst. Eng. Govt. i. viii. 111 An attempt was made..to arrogate to the Crown the privilege of issuing writs during a prorogation.
1953 Western Polit. Q. 6 814 They arrogated for Russian autocracy the role of freeing ‘the suffering Slav brothers’ from a foreign political yoke.
1991 Oxf. Art Jrnl. 14 i. 95/2 Advocates..tend to misread the modern and arrogate its defining characteristics to their own period.
2013 W. B. Hallaq Impossible State (2014) ii. 35 Arrogating to the social order an agency that stands autonomous from the state.