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:

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

  • usurping — pursuing …   Anagrams dictionary

  • usurping — usurˈping noun and adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑usurp …   Useful english dictionary

  • pursuing — usurping …   Anagrams dictionary

  • Legal Proceedings During Commonwealth Act 1660 — The Legal Proceedings During Commonwealth Act 1660 or Act of the Confirmation of Judicial Proceedings was enacted by the English Parliament to legitimise the outcome of judicial proceedings durign the English interregnum. Backgroundwas rendered… …   Wikipedia

  • United States debt-ceiling crisis — Part of a series of articles on Unit …   Wikipedia

  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms — Infobox Book name = Romance of the Three Kingdoms title orig = 三國演義 image caption = An illustration of the book author = Luo Guanzhong illustrator = cover artist = country = China language = Chinese series = subject = genre = Historical novel… …   Wikipedia

  • Duryodhana — as depicted in Yakshagana popular drama from Karnataka In the Hindu epic the Mahābhārata, Duryodhana (दुर्योधन,ధుర్యొధనా,ಧುರ್ಯೋಧನಾ Duryodhana, difficult to fight with , his real name was Suyodhana) is the …   Wikipedia

  • Erispoe — (French: Erispoë , Latin: Herispoius , Herispogius , or Respogius ; died 2 or 12 November 857) was the Duke of Brittany [His recorded titles include provinciæ Brittaniæ princeps , dux Brittonum , and rex tyrannicus Brittonum . The last means… …   Wikipedia

  • 1973 Chilean coup d'état — Part of the Cold War Date 11 September 1973 Location Chile Result …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

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