usurp

[yoo-surp, -zurp]
verb (used with object)
1.
to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right: The pretender tried to usurp the throne.
2.
to use without authority or right; employ wrongfully: The magazine usurped copyrighted material.
verb (used without object)
3.
to commit forcible or illegal seizure of an office, power, etc.; encroach.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English < Latin ūsūrpāre to take possession through use, equivalent to ūsū (ablative of ūsus use (noun)) + -rp-, reduced form of -rip-, combining form of rapere to seize + -āre infinitive ending

usurper, noun
usurpingly, adverb
nonusurping, adjective
nonusurpingly, adverb
self-usurp, verb (used without object)
unusurped, adjective
unusurping, adjective
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usurp (juːˈzɜːp)
 
vb
to seize, take over, or appropriate (land, a throne, etc) without authority
 
[C14: from Old French usurper, from Latin ūsūrpāre to take into use, probably from ūsus use + rapere to seize]
 
usur'pation
 
n
 
u'surpative
 
adj
 
u'surpatory
 
adj
 
u'surper
 
n

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usurp
early 14c., from O.Fr. usurper, from L. usurpare "make use of, seize for use," in L.L. "to assume unlawfully," from usus "a use" (see use) + rapere "to seize" (see rapid).
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Example sentences
Emma announced repeatedly that if reality began to usurp the ideal, she would
  ditch reality in less than a second.
With neither the euro nor the yuan yet ready to usurp it, the dollar will not
  quickly lose its reserve-currency status.
The two elements have such similar properties that arsenic can usurp the place
  of phosphorus in many chemical reactions.
Conversely, management should not usurp the director's role.
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