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usurp

[yoo-surp, -zurp] /yuˈsɜrp, -ˈzɜrp/
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 of usurp
1275-1325
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
Related forms
usurper, noun
usurpingly, adverb
nonusurping, adjective
nonusurpingly, adverb
self-usurp, verb (used without object)
unusurped, adjective
unusurping, adjective
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  • Electric lighting has usurped its place on the automobile and is making inroads in country-home lighting.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • She no longer felt that she had stolen the rose or usurped attention.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • The physiognomy has usurped the place of the physique, the gesture of the form, the pose of the substance.

    French Art W. C. Brownell
  • His functions were usurped by a military league and his sons removed from the army.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • A few have usurped the martial province, but these must always be few; the nature of Woman is opposed to war.

    Woman in the Nineteenth Century Margaret Fuller Ossoli
British Dictionary definitions for usurped

usurp

/juːˈzɜːp/
verb
1.
to seize, take over, or appropriate (land, a throne, etc) without authority
Derived Forms
usurpation, noun
usurpative, usurpatory, adjective
usurper, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French usurper, from Latin ūsūrpāre to take into use, probably from ūsus use + rapere to seize
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Word Origin and History for usurped

usurp

v.

early 14c., from Old French usurper, from Latin usurpare "make use of, seize for use," in Late Latin "to assume unlawfully," from usus "a use" (see use) + rapere "to seize" (see rapid). Related: Usurped; usurping.

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