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usurpation

[yoo-ser-pey-shuh n, -zer-] /ˌyu sərˈpeɪ ʃən, -zər-/
noun
1.
an act of usurping; wrongful or illegal encroachment, infringement, or seizure.
2.
illegal seizure and occupation of a throne.
Origin of usurpation
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin ūsūrpātiōn- (stem of ūsūrpātiō), equivalent to ūsūrpāt(us) (past participle of ūsūrpāre to usurp) + -iōn- -ion
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usurpative
[yoo-sur-puh-tiv, ‐zur‐] /yuˈsɜr pə tɪv, ‐ˈzɜr‐/ (Show IPA),
usurpatory
[yoo-sur-puh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee, ‐zur‐] /yuˈsɜr pəˌtɔr i, ‐ˌtoʊr i, ‐ˈzɜr‐/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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n.

late 14c., from Old French usurpacion, from Latin usurpationem (nominative usurpatio), noun of action from usurpare (see usurp).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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