Usurp Definition

yo͝o-sûrp, -zûrp
usurped, usurping, usurps
usurped, usurping, usurps
To practice or commit usurpation (on or upon)
Webster's New World
To take or assume (power, a position, property, rights, etc.) and hold in possession by force or without right.
Webster's New World
To take over or occupy without right.
Usurp a neighbor's land.
American Heritage
To take the place of (another) without legal authority; supplant.
American Heritage
To seize another's place, authority, or possession wrongfully.
American Heritage

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 ūsūrpāre

    From Wiktionary

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