Origin of usurpMiddle English usurpen from Middle French usurper from Classical Latin usurpare from usus, a use + rapere, to seize: see rape
An example of usurp is when a rebel kills the King and takes his power.
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 ūsūrpāre 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
- The new law is usurping the function of the judge.
- It will usurp authority over the man, but not cause him to be in silence.
- The files were usurped by other device home directories.
- Will this cause the demand to be usurped by the market and by information technology?
- Davis rescued her career with her greatest ever performance as Margo Channing, and the fading actress was gradually usurped by the conniving Eve.