usurp

[yoo-surp, -zurp]
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:
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

usurper, noun
usurpingly, adverb
nonusurping, adjective
nonusurpingly, adverb
self-usurp, verb (used without object)
unusurped, adjective
unusurping, 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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usurp
early 14c., from O.Fr. usurper, from L. usurpare "make use of, seize for use," in L.L. "to assume unlawfully," from usus "a use" (see use) + rapere "to seize" (see rapid).
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Example sentences
He was widely seen by those around the king to be too powerful, even usurping
  the prerogatives of the monarch.
In a delicate exercise, charities are trying to present their agenda without
  usurping the mayor.
Strict controls are enforced on securities trading and real estate to prevent
  rich people from usurping too much wealth.
Observations to date suggest bears may actually be benefitting from the
  presence of wolves by usurping wolf-kills.
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