What does usurp mean?

Definitions for usurpyuˈsɜrp, -ˈzɜrp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word usurp.

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

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.]


  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

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