Usurp U*surp", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Usurped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Usurping}.] [L. usurpare, usurpatum, to make use of, enjoy, get possession of, usurp; the first part of usurpare is akin to usus use (see {Use}, n.): cf. F. usurper.] To seize, and hold in possession, by force, or without right; as, to usurp a throne; to usurp the prerogatives of the crown; to usurp power; to usurp the right of a patron is to oust or dispossess him. [1913 Webster]

Alack, thou dost usurp authority. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Another revolution, to get rid of this illegitimate and usurped government, would of course be perfectly justifiable. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

Note: Usurp is applied to seizure and use of office, functions, powers, rights, etc.; it is not applied to common dispossession of private property. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To arrogate; assume; appropriate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • usurped — index attached (seized) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • usurped — usurpedˈ adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑usurp …   Useful english dictionary

  • usurped — u·surp || juː zÉœrp /juː zɜːp v. seize, take over, appropriate …   English contemporary dictionary

  • usurped — pursued …   Anagrams dictionary

  • usurped power — See usurp usurpation …   Black's law dictionary

  • pursued — usurped …   Anagrams dictionary

  • Valentinos Arsakuni —    Usurped the throne briefly in 645 before being lynched in a popular uprising in Constantinople (q.v.). He was a former commander of the theme of Opsikion (qq.v.) who became count of the exkoubitores (q.v.) and who engineered the downfall of… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

  • china — /chuy neuh/, n. 1. a translucent ceramic material, biscuit fired at a high temperature, its glaze fired at a low temperature. 2. any porcelain ware. 3. plates, cups, saucers, etc., collectively. 4. figurines made of porcelain or ceramic material …   Universalium

  • China — /chuy neuh/, n. 1. People s Republic of, a country in E Asia. 1,221,591,778; 3,691,502 sq. mi. (9,560,990 sq. km). Cap.: Beijing. 2. Republic of. Also called Nationalist China. a republic consisting mainly of the island of Taiwan off the SE coast …   Universalium

  • Egypt, ancient — Introduction  civilization in northeastern Africa dating from the 3rd millennium BC. Its many achievements, preserved in its art and monuments, hold a fascination that continues to grow as archaeological finds expose its secrets. This article… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”