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
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  • 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...
  • Pop music usurped comics in my affections. Times, Sunday Times
  • By the end of 406, Britain had created no less than three usurpers.
  • This is not the place to detail the history of the wars and battles that occurred as the settlers usurped the ancient territories of the indigenes.
  • a corporation, without a charter, such adulterine guilds, as they were called, were not always disfranchised upon that account, but obliged to fine annually to the king, for permission to exercise their usurped privileges {See Madox Firma Burgi p. 26 etc.}. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
  • In the first case the multitude usurp a despotic power; in the second it is usurped by a single person. Sources of the West: Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1: From the Beginning to 1715
  • The arrogation of such power to the judges would usurp those functions of government, which are controlled and distributed by powers whose authority is derived from the ballot box.
  • I saw it mainly as an effort to usurp the trade from the father who, as you know, is too old now to steer it aright himself. MAN'S LOVING FAMILY
  • Among the rarest copper coins was one of Carausius (our English Carew), with two heads on it symbolling the ambition of our native usurper to assert empire over East as well as West, and among more treasure-trove was a unique gold coin of Veric, ” the Bericus of Tacitus; as also the rare contents of a subterranean potter's oven, preserved to our day, and yielding several whole vases. My Life as an Author
  • The history of the present raisin bran is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these Cereals. Waldo Jaquith - Into every marriage a few raisins may fall.
  • So, the cleanest, most ethical holier-than-thou Congress ever is now defending the unprecedented adoption of ram-down rules for a radical, multitrillion-dollar program to usurp one-seventh of the economy on the grounds of “two wrongs make it right”? Matthew Yglesias » Endgame
  • He that doth usurp upon it, the Law doth intend that he hath purposed the destruction of the Prince.
  • Dunkeld; for this fact illustrates one of the great evils under which the Scottish Church was at this time labouring, namely the usurpation of abbeys and benefices by great secular chieftains, an abuse existing side by side, and closely connected with, the scandal of concubinage among the clergy, with its inevitable consequence, the hereditary succession to benefices, and wholesale secularization of the property of the Church. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock
  • Perhaps the most commonly narrated Spanish usurpation of a Miskitu toponym is the colonial name referring to the Moskitia itself, Taguzgalpa.
  • As the Cold War dawned, American Communists, who were still a formidable force, sought a rebirth by christening themselves "Progressives," a moniker usurped from the reform movement of the Teddy Roosevelt era. Obama a 'Reaganite'? It Just Might Work
  • Congress and Federal Courts will wither as checks against his presidential usurpations or abuses whenever war or other national security claims are bugled over Iran, North Korea, Yemen, international terrorism, economic adversity, or otherwise. Bruce Fein: Supreme Court Nominee Could Coronate Obama
  • Mineralogy _-alogy_, not _-ology_ nature _nature_, or _choor_ oleomargarine _g_ is hard, as in _get_ orchid _orkid_ oust _owst_, not _oost_ peculiar _peculyar_ pecuniary _pekun'yari_ perspiration not _prespiratian_ prestige _pres'tij_ or _prestezh'_ pronunciation _pronunzeashun_ or _pronunsheashun_ saucy not _sassy_ schedule _skedyul_ semi not _semi_ theater _the'ater_ not _thea'ter_ turgid _turjid_ usage _uzage_ usurp _uzurp_ vermilion _vermilyun_ wife's not _wives_ Practical Grammar and Composition
  • At the weekly news conference in Moscow, a Russian foreign-ministry spokesman said neighboring countries were free to choose alliances and denied Moscow was attempting to "usurp" other nations 'international rights. Rebuking Russian Ambitions, U.S. Backs Ukraine for NATO
  • Cantrell was clearly another who regarded him as a usurper. PASSION IN THE PEAK
  • A vaporous grey mist had entirely usurped the heavens, and the plash of weary rain resounded through the pluvious metropolis of the west. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844
  • The Gnostics thought that the God worshiped by most Christians was a demiurge or usurper.
  • These obligations discourage a naked usurpation of power by judges.
  • As for the judgment of our own divines, _Calviniani_, saith Balduine, (440) _morem illum quo eucharastia ad aegrotos tanquam viaticum defertur improbant, eamque non nisi in coetibus publicis usurpendam censent_. The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)
  • It aims to block domestic usurpers or foreign aggressors from establishing illegitimate rule over the attacked society.
  • Yoo and Bybee aren't responsible for the government committing the crimes that these two goons were hired to so-called legalise, for the Presidential administration, the Congress, the DoJ, ... always know very well that there was NO way to officially legalise these crimes without usurping (or hijacking) the U.S. Bill of Rights Defense Committee - Headlines
  • For extending deadlines and allowing hand recounts, Bush accused the Florida Supreme Court of trying to "usurp" the legislature's power. Full Court Press
  • The scene, so highly interesting to those who witnessed it, was to him insupportable, and he had left the room in agony, bitterly inveighing against his own folly, for having suffered it to take place, and secretly denouncing future vengeance upon the usurper of his rights, for so he basely termed the artless Yamboo. Yamboo; or, the North American Slave
  • Edward displayed shrewdness and ruthlessness in the way he turned on nobles who had usurped his power during his minority.
  • Such vain ceremony is a thin disguise of rebellion, nor are there perhaps any personal wrongs that can authorize a subject to take arms against his sovereign: but the want of preparation and success may confirm the assurance of the usurper, that this decisive step was the effect of necessity rather than of choice. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Bolingbroke gives his solemn oath that he has come not to usurp the throne but simply to reclaim his rightful goods and title.
  • Sir Menzies Campbell MP, the former Liberal Democrat leader, said the Legal Service Commission LSC had apparently "usurped" the high court's opportunity to determine whether an anti-epilepsy drug taken by mothers in pregnancy was responsible for the children's conditions. Epilim test case: Menzies Campbell accuses Legal Services Commission
  • It encouraged the adherents of this house to attribute to it an almost regal dignity, and to intimate more and more plainly its claim upon the throne of France, as descended through the Dukes of Lorraine from Charlemagne -- a title superior to that of the Valois, who could trace their origin to no higher source than the usurper Hugh Capet. The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
  • As Exton offers the usurper, now King Henry IV, the body of the dead king he lays claim to a reward for regicide.
  • Head teachers complain that they have been usurped by militia loyalists who do not have the necessary qualifications or experience. Times, Sunday Times
  • I. Christianae religionis reuerentiam plures usurpant, sed ea fides pollet maxime ac solitarie quae cum propter uniuersalium praecepta regularum, quibus eiusdem religionis intellegatur auctoritas, tum propterea, quod eius cultus per omnes paene mundi terminos emanauit, catholica uel uniuersalis uocatur. The Theological Tractates and The Consolation of Philosophy
  • I've seen widows forced to marry unwanted suitors who, aided and abetted by the law, usurped their deceased husband's assets, as well as their own lives and bodies.
  • So let's all move onward and upward, do the ladies who've inspired us these past ten years proud, and perhaps try and usurp them in the next decade with something a bit better than poppy-colored hiphuggers. Elizabeth Nicholas: What the Aughts Taught Us: The Decade's Most Stylish Women
  • Matthew Cradock [first Governor of the Company] comes in, having had time to interplead, etc., and on his default judgment was given, that he should be convicted of the usurpation charged in the information, and that the said liberties, privileges and franchises should be taken and seized into the King's hands; the said Matthew not to intermeddle with and be excluded the use thereof, and the said Matthew to be taken to answer to the King for the said usurpation. The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2. From 1620-1816
  • There's the anecdotal phenomenon of the woman who manages to break through the glass ceiling, but kicks the ladder away so no other women can usurp her position.
  • a succession of generals who ruled by usurpation
  • Just as importantly, these two major powers appear to be hell-bent on usurping an authority which has stood us in good stead for more than half a century.
  • Earlier she'd felt threatened by her daughter's relationship with her husband, now it was her daughter usurping her secret self. COMPULSION
  • The Gnostics thought that the God worshiped by most Christians was a demiurge or usurper.
  • But the same difficulty has been experienced in effecting this union which has been experienced in forming a second chamber—either the spiritual power has usurped upon the civil, and established a sacerdotal society, or the civil power has invaded successfully the rights of the spiritual, and the ministers of religion have been degraded into stipendiaries of the State and instruments of the government. On the Principles of His Party
  • The latter track is reminiscent of the popular kwela instrumentals of the previous decade, except that the whistle has been usurped by the electrified sounds of keyboards, angular lead guitar, and driving bass. PopMatters
  • Ah, she shall accustom herself to recognize me, whom she calls a usurper, as emperor, and peer of other sovereigns. Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia
  • the Duke of the State of Lu leant about Zhou Xu's usurpation of state power and his ambitious plan, he asked a senior official, "What do you think about Zhou Xu's move?
  • He and his friends, pursuing “a nobler destiny,” felt “no disposition to truckle to the petty usurper, who came into power against the wishes of the great men of his own party, and whose personal character was unworthy of the favor of the meanest minion that shouted in his train.” A Country of Vast Designs
  • He received the confessions of his monks [there are instances of those who were not priests usurping this office (Marin, op. cit., 96)] and could ordain them to minor Orders, including the subdiaconate. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman
  • None of the major powers could usurp America's role as both guarantor and pivot of the international economy. After Thatcher
  • The question then concerning our faith in the existence of a God, not only as the ground of the universe by his essence, but by his wisdom and holy will as its maker and judge, appeared to stand thus: the sciential reason, the objects of wit are purely theoretical, remains neutral, as long as its name and semblance are not usurped by the opponents of the doctrine; but it 'then' becomes an effective ally by exposing the false show of demonstration, or by evincing the equal demonstrability of the contrary from premises equally logical. The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1838
  • We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.
  • In the first case the multitude usurp a despotic power; in the second it is usurped by a single person. Sources of the West: Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1: From the Beginning to 1715
  • When elements such as columns, capitals, architraves and lintels reveal clear Greek, Roman and Byzantine influences, it is often because they were simply usurped from earlier buildings on this or other nearby sites.
  • Schools have usurped the role of parents in terms of making decisions about their children.
  • Nests become social if a second foundress successfully usurps the nest with the original foundress remaining in the nest as a nonreproductive guard (if she leaves, the nest remains solitary).
  • Wall Street Journal that the NGO community has "infantilized" the country and usurped responsibilities better left to the Haitian government. TIME.com: Top Stories
  • You must never usurp to yourself those conveniences and 'agremens' which are of common right; such as the best places, the best dishes, etc., but on the contrary, always decline them yourself, and offer them to others; who, in their turns, will offer them to you; so that, upon the whole, you will in your turn enjoy your share of the common right. Complete Project Gutenberg Earl of Chesterfield Works
  • The ground was ploughed, and the seed sank beneath it from the sower's hand in spring; the earth was soft and sapful to a sufficient depth, and the roots of the springing corn found ample room to range in; the soil was clean, and its fatness, not shared by usurping weeds, went all to the nourishment of the sown seed: therefore in the balmy air and under the beaming sun it is ripe to-day, and ready to fill the reaper's bosom. The Parables of Our Lord
  • A driving force in this resistance, as he presented it, was class conflict: the desire of people of comparatively low socio-economic status to undermine or even usurp the consuetudinary power not only of clergymen, but of lawyers and doctors as well.
  • Does he think that Brown v Board of Education "usurped" what had been established law for many generations? Fred Thompson's Dissembling About His Abortion Record
  • King Steven who usurped the English throne in 1096 carried the centaur as his heraldic symbol for that reason.
  • Her powers have been usurped by the Chief Justice and reallocated to other people.
  • Gone was the green palette of the coffee plant and avocado tree. It was usurped by tropical tones of yellow coconut palms and the banana plant.
  • That is how the usurpers get away with liberticide — incrementalism, at least until their control grid is completely in place. The Volokh Conspiracy » Obscenity Conviction for Adult-to-Adult Noncommercial E-mail About (Fantasy) Sex With Children:
  • The vice - president is trying to usurp the president's authority.
  • I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
  • Otherwise stated, schools are usurping the parental role of teaching personal values to children.
  • So did it mean then that her party sister was usurping her own personal, spiritual beliefs in lieu of civic duty?
  • a council of German bishops at Worms, "who denounced the Pope as a usurper, a simonist, a murderer, a worshipper of the Devil, and pronounced upon him the empty sentence of a deposition. Beacon Lights of History
  • There will be no freedom in the country, properly speaking, until that Northern usurper is tossed out of the place he occupies. Daisy in the Field
  • They suffered, with unapproving acquiescence, solicitations, which they had in no shape desired, to an unjust and usurping power, whom they had never provoked, and whose hostile menaces they did not dread. The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 05 (of 12)
  • After the Revolution, during the First Empire, so called, -- the usurpation, that is, of Napoleon Bonaparte, -- literature was well-nigh extinguished in France. Classic French Course in English
  • Prince John plans, in his brother's absence, to usurp the throne and have himself crowned King.
  • And now this move to privatize prisons was sure to usurp whatever power she had remaining. INSIDERS
  • Thy Grace, thairfoir, by experience may daly learne, (seing thei nether fear the King of Heavin, as thair lyves testiffis, neyther thee thair naturall Prince, as thare usurped power in thy actionis schawis,) why thy Hienes should lye no langar blindit. The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)
  • If they feel that their base is threatened or that their members, through their own actions, can usurp their power, then they can be forced to act.
  • renegade supporters of the usurper
  • Anything done to usurp the development of our mental evolution will lead to the regression of man, the destruction of community and the eventual return to the law of the jungle.
  • If it really did come down to a commonplace usurpation, dominating usurpation, what could be more wounding? TESTIMONIES
  • He said the court was only exercising its jurisdiction and functions and was not usurping the Parliament's functions.
  • The legislator’s place is thus usurped by the sophist, the false reasoner, in deliberative assemblies; that of the judge by the rhetorician or pleader; the medical adviser is supplanted by the purveyor of luxuries, and the gymnastic teacher by the adorner of the person. Antony
  • But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy … She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own … she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. What Would Wilson Do?
  • With only eight marines, a Navy midshipman, and 100 mercenaries, Eaton left Alexandria, Egypt, to restore Hamet Karamanli to the throne of Tripoli and overthrow his usurper brother.
  • The state legislatures have an interest in guarding their powers against federal usurpation. The Volokh Conspiracy » Repeal the 17th Amendment?
  • Besides, between friends, I, who know the world, can see that half this prodigious delicacy for the little usurper is the mere result of self-interest; for, while her affairs are hushed up, Sir John's, you know, are kept from being brought further to light. Evelina: or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance Into the World
  • Upon paying a fine to the king, the charter seems generally to have been readily granted; and when any particular class of artificers or traders thought proper to act as a corporation without a charter, such adulterine guilds, as they were called, were not always disfranchised upon that account, but obliged to fine annually to the king for permission to exercise their usurped privileges. X. Book I. Of Wages and Profit in the Different Employments of Labour and Stock
  • Indirectly, the usurper is funding my ambitions. posted by Lisa at 8: 58 PM Archive 2007-10-01
  • Although part of the agreement was the rehabilitation of settlers who had usurped tribal land, there is nowhere else for them to go.
  • Some gardeners might spurn a plant that usurps and overgrows their garden.
  • Pepin the usurper gave, or was able to give, the exarchate of A Philosophical Dictionary
  • Many said that the present Morjin was only a sorcerer or usurper who had taken on the most terrible name in history. THE LIGHTSTONE: BOOK ONE, PART ONE OF THE EA CYCLE
  • Sunaparant had mercilessly attacked Ravi Naik for usurping the chief ministerial gaddi (throne). Behind the News: Voices from Goa's Press
  • Porro impediunt et remittunt coitum folia salicis trita et epota, et si frequentius usurpentur ipsa in totum auferunt. Anatomy of Melancholy
  • He's a man of the shadows and back rooms and his comfort zone was hiding behind the charade of his Chancellorship bamboozling us with figures while he sold off gold reserves at rock bottom and beavered away at a Socialist usurpation of an inherently conservative Nation. Time To Set Out His Vision
  • Before long, my sense of bush direction usurped the compass.
  • When that happens, the usurper proceeds systematically to execute the now defenseless larvae before it deposits its own eggs in the gall.
  • There are many who insist that the paradigms of greed, arrogance and usurpation are the true reference points for our sextants.
  • It seemed almost to usurp and transfigure the air on its way, turning the very darkness to its own purpose. EVERVILLE
  • So, they clearly know in the Obama campaign that he's been able to kind of usurp that mantle and bring change and the -- the maverick thing. CNN Transcript Sep 8, 2008
  • But when they or their rivals, silverweed, burdock, false ragweed, thistles, gumweed, and others usurp the landscape and seem to choke up the very earth and the very air with ceaseless monotony and repetition, then they become an offence to the eye and a reproach to those who tolerate them. Over Prairie Trails
  • Dictatorship is itself a form of corruption in which individuals usurp the role of institutions.
  • he usurped my rights
  • Although the subsidiary was complaisant to do the parent's will, it did function in giving effect to the parent's wishes and the parent did not usurp the control of the subsidiary.
  • It is that idealism and sweet sentiment which make Barrichello so endearing and were he able to usurp Schumacher Senior this season, there are few who would begrudge him the title.
  • The phosphorous infusion at first caused sawgrass to grow rapidly and abnormally large; then it died and gave way to cattails, which usurp 50 acres of sawgrass a day.
  • A word floated to his mind, usurper, but he did not truly believe such a thing would happen. The Shattering
  • Indeed, before its usurpation by Christianity Mithraism enjoyed the patronage of some of the most important individuals in the Roman Empire.
  • Separately but in the same session, the Security Council voted to kill King Claudius of Denmark, approving, with the Danish government's consent, the use of an unmanned aerial drone to strike at the usurping monarch and avenge our sweet father's murther with the native hue of resolution. U.N. Puts Huns on Notice
  • Inevitably, her presence is in danger of usurping the traditional dame; but, since the roly-poly Mr Potts is also the show's writer, he ensures he gets a fair slice of the action. Dick Whittington - review
  • Sed ille auctor inuidiae non ferens hominem illuc ascendere ubi ipse non meruit permanere, temptatione adhibita fecit etiam ipsum eiusque comparem, quam de eius latere generandi causa formator produxerat, inoboedientiae suppliciis subiacere, ei quoque diuinitatem affuturam promittens, quam sibi dum arroganter usurpat elisus est. The Theological Tractates and The Consolation of Philosophy
  • His father's second wife was first in line to the usurped Ming dynasty.
  • While fundamentalists are surely bibliolaters, mainline Protestants by contrast have usurped Scripture's divinity.
  • President Jonathan F. Fanton says broadening the restrictions would turn the NEA into a censoring Obscenity Board, a conservative cat's-paw usurping the courts. Fine Art Or Foul?
  • I wondered who the skinny Black guy was trying to 'usurp' my candidate's position, then I heard him speak. Kennedy remembered as an advocate for all
  • I p.418 It was renegade Lin Biao who during the 9th Congress of the CPC when he had wrongfully usurped power in his hand, mischievously imposed the term Maoism and said that “Mao Zedong Thought was Marxism-Leninism of the era”. Archive 2006-06-01
  • No matter what sort of threat a politician is, usurping free will is pretty bad juju, as least as far as I understand things.
  • As each of four sets is pushed to centre stage, the garden's usurpation of the kitchen is delightfully revealed.
  • However, Huntington did not take into account the possibility that the debate could yet be framed in terms of potential usurpation from the political class using immigration as a tool. The Volokh Conspiracy » Immigrants and Nazis, Communists and Cardinals
  • Some claim that the legislature has approved reforms usurping on executive power.
  • Mineralogy _-alogy_, not _-ology_ nature _nature_, or _choor_ oleomargarine _g_ is hard, as in _get_ orchid _orkid_ oust _owst_, not _oost_ peculiar _peculyar_ pecuniary _pekun'yari_ perspiration not _prespiratian_ prestige _pres'tij_ or _prestezh'_ pronunciation _pronunzeashun_ or _pronunsheashun_ saucy not _sassy_ schedule _skedyul_ semi not _semi_ theater _the'ater_ not _thea'ter_ turgid _turjid_ usage _uzage_ usurp _uzurp_ vermilion _vermilyun_ wife's not _wives_ Practical Grammar and Composition
  • The burly burgher, in round-crowned flaunderish hat with brim of vast circumference, in portly gaberdine and bulbous multiplicity of breeches, sat on his "stoep" and smoked his pipe in lordly silence; nor did it ever enter his brain that the active, restless Yankee, whom he saw through his half-shut eyes worrying about in dog day heat, ever intent on the main chance, was one day to usurp control over these goodly Dutch domains. Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete
  • Qayum repeatedly expressed concern that the government might "usurp" the process: "An Afghan government-based negotiation would lead to everyone at the table demanding a slice of the government, but the government would be unable to satisfy all of these competing demands and would take the blame for the negotiations' failure. The Guardian World News
  • Apart from elaborating the ongoing judicial usurpation on these issues, the conservative voice seems to have become muffled.
  • A 5th Century AD dynastic drama was played out here, centred on a usurper of the throne named Kasyapa - the tale of regicide and revenge is equal to anything in Shakespeare.
  • The Indian's guardian had got into a way of usurping autocratic power in disposing of the wards 'property. American Indian Stories
  • And rather than target the thugs, they'll be more concerned with the person who usurped their role as enforcer. Times, Sunday Times
  • There are daily suggestions that sport has in some ways usurped the place of religion in a non-religious age. Times, Sunday Times
  • "The court of appeal has usurped the function of the jury.
  • Lynching may be correctly described as the infliction of summary punishment for alleged offences, without authority of law; and there is among sane minds common agreement that such lawless violence is an execrable usurpation of ordained legal functions. The American Negro: What He Was, What He Is, and What He May Become: A Critical and Practical Discussion
  • In the case of the UCM, initial opposition towards Sufism can be more accurately labeled as "anti-maraboutic" rather than anti-Sufism because the UCM collaborated with Prime Minister Mamadou Dia in an effort to usurp the powerful influence of the marabous. Kakiblog.com
  • Usurpers within the caliphate and the marauding Berber armies they brought in from North Africa were to blame, but for a time Cordoba was the ornament of the world.
  • This pathetic king regularly suffers bouts of insanity and is surrounded by usurpers!
  • The coin belongs to the king whose head and titles are displayed upon it; and on your heart, friend, though a usurper has tried to recoin the piece, and put his own foul image on the top of the original one, is stamped deep that you belong to the King of kings, to God Himself. Expositions of Holy Scripture Isaiah and Jeremiah
  • Alaric had faithfully asserted the just pretensions of the republic to the provinces which were usurped by the Greeks of Constantinople: he modestly required the fair and stipulated recompense of his services; and if he had desisted from the prosecution of his enterprise, he had obeyed, in his retreat, the peremptory, though private, letters of the emperor himself. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Thus _contat_ = "chante" which form has in modern French usurped the subjunctive. Avril Being Essays on the Poetry of the French Renaissance
  • I have no recollection of ever having said or written the word "usurper," but if the foo s**ts, wear it. digg.com: Top News
  • Chinn ar-rms himsilf as becomes a riprisintative iv a gr-reat coort goin 'to sarve a sacred writ iv replevy on th' usurper to th 'loftiest or wan iv th' loftiest jobs that th 'people iv a gloryous state can donate to a citizen. Mr. Dooley's Philosophy
  • There are daily suggestions that sport has in some ways usurped the place of religion in a non-religious age. Times, Sunday Times
  • The Tories denounced him as a crazed self-publicist seeking to usurp more senior figures to steamroller the country into signing up to the single currency.
  • Moreover, he despised and vilipended them as an inferior and conquered race, who, by Akbar's innovating policy had been allowed to usurp a position of political and social equality with their natural masters, which was equally inappropriate and undesirable.
  • L. de proprietat.animal. ovis a lupo correptae pellem non esse pro indumenta corporis usurpandam, cordis enim palpitationem excitat, &c. 4344. Anatomy of Melancholy
  • Although very powerful, the emperor did not usurp all patronal resources.
  • The French Revolution soon ensued, and though the nobleman kept his head, he never got his patent: not from the republic, not from Napoleon (a "usurper" to whom the legitimist de Jouffroy would not even apply for a patent), not from the restored Bourbon monarchy and not from citizen-king Louis Philippe. July 15, 1783: Marquis Invents Steamboat, Misses Esteem Boat
  • It was a still balmy night as I have remarked earlier and when the engine of the scooter ceased to growl, the void it left in its wake was immediately usurped by a gushing wave of silence and total noiselessness.
  • Since Innocent eventually won that rivalry and was recognized as the legitimate pope, Roger came to be painted as a usurper and a tyrant.
  • In 1923, for instance, a member of the Shanghai Bar accused an accountant of usurping the privilege of lawyers by acting as a witness to contracts.
  • The gradation from the style of freedom and simplicity, to that of form and servitude, may be traced in the Epistles of Cicero, of Pliny, and of Symmachus.] 74 The emperor Gratian, after confirming a law of precedency published by Valentinian, the father of his Divinity, thus continues: Siquis igitur indebitum sibi locum usurpaverit, nulla se ignoratione defendat; sitque plane sacrilegii reus, qui divina praecepta neglexerit. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Such corporations tend to usurp the functions of local elected authorities which are simultaneously subjected to greater central control.
  • But she used the magic word usurp, which is always big ... CNN Transcript Sep 30, 2009
  • Thyamis himself, rightful heir to his father's priesthood in Egypt. has had his place usurped by a younger brother.
  • Under this law, local ‘communities’ have the right to usurp land from its rightful owners, which must surely count as one of the biggest infringements of property rights in the modern Anglosphere.
  • The "simplicity of the ascetic" is usurped by "the simplicity of the madman that grinds down all the contrivances of civilisation". Archive 2005-08-01
  • The dominance often leads to a usurpation of the political power officially vested in government.
  • It seemed almost to usurp and transfigure the air on its way, turning the very darkness to its own purpose. EVERVILLE
  • Whatever Vivian's birth, she had usurped my mother's place.
  • Chiang Kai-shek who is trying to usurp the fruits of victory of the War of Resistance and ourselves who oppose his usurpation.
  • They'd have nothing left on which to point the finger at those godless evil pagan usurpers, no way to exploit the issue and make people afraid.
  • More worryingly, was some Rubicon crossed in society when the authority of the courts to dispense justice was usurped to the demands of television?
  • Why do you not fight while your enemy usurps your land, kills your brothers and slaps you in the face…?
  • Impeachment for wrongdoing of lesser gravity involves a legislative usurpation of a power belonging only to the people (the power to choose and "depose Submission By Counsel For President Clinton To The Committee
  • As for frequency, Coca-Cola, Wendy's, and AT & T are far more common in the language than glyceraldehyde, placage, and skyphos; yet the latter can be found in dictionaries usurping the space properly belonging to the former, which fulfill Landau's criteria of number, distribution in time and geography, and diversity of source. VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 2
  • gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke
  • In size, habits, and the form of many parts of its body, it bears a striking resemblance to its South American cousin the "tamanoir," which of late years has become so famous as almost to usurp the title of "ant-eater. Popular Adventure Tales
  • England's fierce wars for civil liberty laid her and her unfortunate assistant prostrate beneath the feet of an ironhearted usurper and despot. Sketches of North Carolina, Historical and Biographical, Illustrative of the Principles of a Portion of Her Early Settlers
  • Russia, like ourselves, forced to see his name usurped without redress. ' Correspondence & Conversations of Alexis de Tocqueville with Nassau William Senior from 1834 to 1859, Volume 2
  • When the psycho astronaut chick in diapers was usurped from the news by Anna Nicole overdosing, I thought it really cheated the astronaut of her 15 minutes and in general I wished the both of them would just go away. Scripting News for 4/23/2007 « Scripting News Annex
  • Yet it's the far more numerous black farm workers who've suffered most as their jobs disappeared, the land usurpers - primarily government and "parastatal" officials, Zimbabwe's cronies - hopelessly inexperienced at commercial farming. Thestar.com - Home Page
  • 109 However, once Paxton decided to write the screenplay around the conventions of the police procedural, Finlay usurps Keeley as the film's main antifascist agent and he, rather than Keeley, becomes responsible for bringing Monty to justice. Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood
  • At the same fatal period, the Persian kingdom was again usurped by the dynasty of the Bowides, by the sword of three brothers, who, under various names, were styled the support and columns of the state, and who, from the Caspian Sea to the ocean, would suffer no tyrants but themselves. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • I would argue that judicial usurpation is no commitment atall. The Volokh Conspiracy » The Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause and Life Without Parole for Under-18 (Nonhomicide) Offenders
  • She said: ‘We always used to feel like usurpers at those dos.’
  • The powers of local councils are being usurped by central government.
  • Will they also have their paid-up and previously legal entitlements usurped?
  • Gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke.
  • In Ireland, where the large majority of our hunters come from, the snaffle is the bit used in breaking and hunting, as it is in steeple-chasing; and although our Irish neighbours find the curb has its advantages, we must admit that they keep it in its proper place and do not allow it to usurp the snaffle when riding over fences. The Horsewoman A Practical Guide to Side-Saddle Riding, 2nd. Ed.
  • However, Rauschenberg's act is important in establishing the necessity of acknowledging the importance of usurping the claims of abstract expressionism.
  • It should not, however, seek to usurp the power vested in the elected government of the day.
  • But how can this sort of painting remain relevant in a world where photography has usurped its role? Times, Sunday Times
  • Whether he feared Peter Strong might usurp the vacant foremanship, or whether he simply cherished a grudge toward the lad because of his previous good fortune, it was impossible to discover. The Story of Leather
  • She received a letter from Sir Anthony Babington, asking for her to approve "the dispatch of the usurping Competitor" – in other words, the assassination of Elizabeth.
  • A remarkable proportion regard the technical investigator as an unwelcome intruder who presumes to usurp the coroner's function.
  • One remarkable report involves a group of porbeagles chasing another trailing a streamer of kelp from between its teeth; when ownership of the kelp strand was usurped, the other porbeagles chased the new owner.
  • For instance, while he states that there are instances when tyrannicide is justified (for example against tyrannical usurpers), killing a prince presumed to be a tyrant is forbidden if ‘the prince is an absolute sovereign.’
  • The plantings of perennials have been usurped by this vining ground cover, a passalong from Mae and Mickey. The Short Lived Among Us « Fairegarden
  • To usurp is to wrongfully assume power or the throne, to encroach upon something.
  • Spinach was a better green vegetable than the goosefoots, sorrels, orach, and similar plants which were widely used in medieval Europe, and gradually usurped their place.
  • This usurps the sovereignty of God and places human speculation at the center of the Christian mission, which is inevitably fallible.
  • The company lights were all extinguished; great, strong-smelling, cauliflower-headed moulds, that were always wanting snuffing, usurped the place of Belmont wax; napkins were withdrawn; second-hand table-cloths introduced; marsala did duty for sherry; and the stickjaw pudding assumed a consistency that was almost incompatible with articulation. Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour
  • They themselves have usurped this power. Christianity Today
  • If so, I did not want to know it, and my rival, the usurper, would not have a name. A DEATH IN THE FAMILY

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