An example of usurp is when a rebel kills the King and takes his power.
Origin of usurpMiddle English usurpen ; from Middle French usurper ; from Classical Latin usurpare ; from usus, a use + rapere, to seize: see rape
verbu·surped, u·surp·ing, u·surps
- To seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force or without legal authority.
- To take over or occupy without right: usurp a neighbor's land.
- To take the place of (another) without legal authority; supplant.
Origin of usurpMiddle English usurpen, from Old French usurper, from Latin &umacron;s&umacron;rpare, to take into use, usurp; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present usurps, present participle usurping, simple past and past participle usurped)
From French usurper, from Latin Å«sÅ«rpÄre