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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. usurper, supplanter(noun)

    one who wrongfully or illegally seizes and holds the place of another


  1. usurper(Noun)

    One who usurps.

  2. Origin: From usurpare

Webster Dictionary

  1. Usurper(noun)

    one who usurps; especially, one who seizes illegally on sovereign power; as, the usurper of a throne, of power, or of the rights of a patron


  1. Usurper

    A usurper is an illegitimate or controversial claimant to power, often but not always in a monarchy. This may include a person who succeeds in establishing himself as a monarch without inheriting the throne or any other person exercising authority unconstitutionally. It may also be applied to an official acting ultra vires, outside his authority or jurisdiction.

Anagrams of usurper

  1. pursuer

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