Usurp meaning

yo͝o-sûrp, -zûrp
To take or assume (power, a position, property, rights, etc.) and hold in possession by force or without right.
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Usurp is defined as to take over power or control unlawfully or with force.

An example of usurp is when a rebel kills the King and takes his power.

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To take over or occupy without right.

Usurp a neighbor's land.

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To seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force or without legal authority.
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To seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means.
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To take the place of (another) without legal authority; supplant.
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To practice or commit usurpation (on or upon)
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To use and assume the coat of arms of another person.
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To seize another's place, authority, or possession wrongfully.
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Origin of usurp

  • Middle English usurpen from Old French usurper from Latin ūsūrpāre to take into use, usurp reup- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French usurper, from Latin Å«sÅ«rpāre

    From Wiktionary