arrogate - vocabulary



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arrogate - verb

To take, demand, or claim, especially presumptuously or without reasons or grounds.
This second source of men, while yet but few, . . . Shall lead their lives, and multiply apace, . . . Shall spend their days in joy unblamed, and dwell Long time in peace, by families and tribes, Under paternal rule, till one shall rise, Of proud, ambitious heart, who, not content With fair equality, fraternal state, Will arrogate dominion undeserved Over his brethren, and quite dispossess Concord and law of Nature from the Earth— Hunting (and men, not beasts, shall be his game) With war and hostile snare such as refuse Subjection to his empire tyrannous.

—John Milton Paradise Lost (1667)
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