Definitions for usurpyuˈsɜrp, -ˈzɜrp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

u•surpyuˈsɜrp, -ˈzɜrp(v.t.)

  1. to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right.

  2. to use without authority or right.

  3. (v.i.)to commit forcible or illegal seizure of an office, power, etc.; encroach.

Origin of usurp:

1275–1325; ME < L ūsūrpāre to take possession of without legal claim =ūsūuse+-ripāre, der. of rapere to seize


Princeton's WordNet

  1. assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogate(verb)

    seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession

    "He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town"; "he usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"

  2. usurp(verb)

    take the place of

    "gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke"


  1. usurp(Verb)

    To seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means.

  2. usurp(Verb)

    To use and assume the coat of arms of another person.

  3. Origin: From French usurper, from Latin ūsūrpāre

Webster Dictionary

  1. Usurp(verb)

    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

  2. Usurp(verb)

    to commit forcible seizure of place, power, functions, or the like, without right; to commit unjust encroachments; to be, or act as, a usurper

Translations for usurp

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to take (another person's power, position etc) without the right to do so

The king's uncle tried to usurp the throne; I shall not allow him to usurp my authority.

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