[ US /ˌjuˈsɝp/ ]
[ UK /juːzˈɜːp/ ]
  1. take the place of
    gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke
  2. seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
    he usurped my rights
    He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town
    She seized control of the throne after her husband died
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How To Use usurp In A Sentence

  • Chartists at once organized resistance to what they called the usurpation and, after a long civil war, were successful. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss
  • Korsibar in time had been overthrown, and Prestimion's sorcerers had sliced his usurpation out of the history of the world. KING OF DREAMS
  • The author argues that the military's four-star regional commanders have usurped the influence and authority of the State Department and local ambassadors.
  • Catholic, a name vainly usurped by the Romanists, ii. Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. IV.
  • But they are sorry, that they have just cause to regrate, that men of meer civill place and employment should usurp the calling and employment of the ministry, to the scandall of the reformed kirks, and particularly in The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning
  • And now this move to privatize prisons was sure to usurp whatever power she had remaining. INSIDERS
  • But I 'll water 't wi' the blude of usurping tyrannie, The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume III The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century
  • Several thousand supporters of Lesotho political parties, waving the multiple colours of party flags, on Monday participated in a demonstration against the "usurped" government of Prime ANC Daily News Briefing
  • No, they would not let themselves fall under some cruel tyrannical usurper.
  • He had been imprisoned after being reprieved from a death sentence handed down by General Victoriano Huerta, the usurper who would overthrow Francisco Madero in February 1913. Pancho Villa as a German Agent...
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