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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
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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  • But even when they are desirable, such usurpations are not necessarily feasible.
Word Origin and History for usurpations

usurpation

n.

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

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