What does usurp mean?

Definitions for usurp
yuˈsɜrp, -ˈzɜrpusurp

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogateverb

    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. usurpverb

    take the place of

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


  1. usurpverb

    To seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means.

    Etymology: From French usurper, from Latin ūsūrpāre

  2. usurpverb

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

    Etymology: From French usurper, from Latin ūsūrpāre

Webster Dictionary

  1. Usurpverb

    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. Usurpverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Usurp

    ū-zurp′, v.t. to take possession of by force without right.—n. Usurpā′tion, act of usurping: unlawful seizure and possession: intrusion into an office.—adj. Usur′patory.—ns. Usur′pātrix, a female usurper; Usur′pature, usurpation.—adv. Usur′pedly.—n. Usur′per.—adj. Usur′ping.—adv. Usur′pingly. [Fr.,—L. usurpāre, perh. contr. from usu-rapĕre, to seize to one's own use—usus, use, rapĕre, to seize; or from usum rumpĕre, to break a use.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of usurp in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of usurp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of usurp in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Keller:

    Parents should be consulted before their minor children are given life-altering medical treatment, it's deeply concerning that the Legislature and the governor continue to usurp parental authority.

  2. Thor Stacey:

    This was a case of the federal government overstepping and trying to usurp the state's authority to manage its wildlife.

  3. Iain Overton:

    I call today the age of the suicide bomber. This is very much a time of extreme acts that have to, in a way, usurp the previous attacks, they have to be much more devastating, more impactful, more hurtful, to get as much media headlines as possible.

  4. Paris Independent School District:

    The board believes the dress code can be used to mitigate communicable health issues, and therefore has amended the PISD dress code to protect our students and employees, the Texas governor does not have the authority to usurp the board of trustees' exclusive power and duty to govern and oversee the management of the public schools of the district.

  5. John Cornyn:

    The whole idea that presidents -- whether it's President President Donald Trump, President President Sanders or President Sanders -- can declare an emergency and somehow usurp the separation of powers and get into the business of appropriating money for specific projects without Congress being involved, is a serious constitutional question.

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    • A. flabby
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    • C. lank
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