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[yoo-ser-pey-shuh n, -zer-] /ˌyu sərˈpeɪ ʃən, -zər-/
an act of usurping; wrongful or illegal encroachment, infringement, or seizure.
illegal seizure and occupation of a throne.
Origin of usurpation
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin ūsūrpātiōn- (stem of ūsūrpātiō), equivalent to ūsūrpāt(us) (past participle of ūsūrpāre to usurp) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
[yoo-sur-puh-tiv, ‐zur‐] /yuˈsɜr pə tɪv, ‐ˈzɜr‐/ (Show IPA),
[yoo-sur-puh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee, ‐zur‐] /yuˈsɜr pəˌtɔr i, ‐ˌtoʊr i, ‐ˈzɜr‐/ (Show IPA),
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Examples from the web for usurpation
  • 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.
  • They never depart an iota from the authentic formulas of tyranny and usurpation.
  • The arguments of legislative usurpation and violation of the separation of powers are meritless.
Word Origin and History for usurpation

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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