- 1Take (a position of power or importance) illegally or by force: Richard usurped the throneMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Take the place of (someone in a position of power) illegally; supplant: the Hanoverian dynasty had usurped the StuartsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 [no object] (usurp on/upon) • archaic Encroach or infringe upon (someone’s rights): the Church had usurped upon the domain of the stateMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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.
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- Isn't the person to whom ownership has been transferred deserving of the full protection that the government grants to owners of property against other sorts of usurpers?
- He could choose to fight the usurpers or negotiate with them, implicitly rewarding their choice of violence to pursue their political goals.
- The justices were denounced as usurpers of a power that rightly belonged to the elected representatives of the people.
Pronunciation: /ˌjuːzəˈpeɪʃ(ə)n, ˌjuːs-/noun
Middle English (in the sense 'appropriate a right wrongfully'): from Old French usurper, from Latin usurpare 'seize for use'.