Definition of usurp in English:

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Pronunciation: /yo͞oˈsərp/


[with object]
1Take (a position of power or importance) illegally or by force: Richard usurped the throne
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  • Government should create and sustain the conditions in which parents can fulfill their duties to their children, but it must not usurp their position.
  • This is not the place to detail the history of the wars and battles that occurred as the settlers usurped the ancient territories of the indigenes.
  • Although part of the agreement was the rehabilitation of settlers who had usurped tribal land, there is nowhere else for them to go.
seize, take over, take possession of, take, commandeer, wrest, assume, expropriate
1.1Take the place of (someone in a position of power) illegally: supplant: the Hanoverian dynasty had usurped the Stuarts
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  • Move over Blocker, you've been usurped, dethroned and pretty-much dumped as Rugby League's loosest lip.
  • The ruler belonged to Rai dynasty, a Shudra king, who was usurped by a Brahmin named Chach.
  • His father's second wife was first in line to the usurped Ming dynasty.
oust, overthrow, remove, topple, unseat, depose, dethrone;
supplant, replace
1.2 [no object] (usurp on/upon) archaic Encroach or infringe upon (someone’s rights): the Church had usurped upon the domain of the state
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  • By transmitting the virus willingly one is usurping on others’ rights to life and happiness.
  • He that doth usurp upon it, the Law doth intend that he hath purposed the destruction of the Prince.
  • Eve, Prometheus, Pandora, and Frankenstein all try to usurp upon divine authority and all suffer the consequences.



Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞osərˈpāSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /yo͞ozərˈpāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
  • The Government, on behalf of the people, will not tolerate the usurpation of the functions of any of the institutions of the State by any individual or group.
  • This is another massive usurpation of local control of public schools, draped in the faux fabric of federal accountability.


Middle English (in the sense 'appropriate (a right) wrongfully'): from Old French usurper, from Latin usurpare 'seize for use'.

Words that rhyme with usurp

burp, chirp, Earp, slurp, twerp

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Syllabification: u·surp

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