usurpation

[yoo-ser-pey-shuhn, -zer-]
noun
1.
an act of usurping; wrongful or illegal encroachment, infringement, or seizure.
2.
illegal seizure and occupation of a throne.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ūsūrpātiōn- (stem of ūsūrpātiō), equivalent to ūsūrpāt(us) (past participle of ūsūrpāre to usurp) + -iōn- -ion

usurpative [yoo-sur-puh-tiv, zur] , usurpatory [yoo-sur-puh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee, zur] , 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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Example sentences
It was an outrageous usurpation of executive authority and a mockery of the values on which this nation was founded.
The changing of term limitations within the city charter is a usurpation of the sovereign power of the people of this city.
But they were not long able to maintain this unjust usurpation.
Our fathers resisted, not the king's prerogative, but the king's usurpation.
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