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Princeton's WordNet

  1. usurper, supplanternoun

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


  1. usurpernoun

    One who usurps.

  2. Etymology: From usurpare

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Usurpernoun

    One who seizes or possesses that to which he has no right. It is generally used of one who excludes the right heir from the throne.

    Etymology: from usurp.

    Ever sithence he hath continued his first usurped power, and now exacteth upon all men what he list: so that now to subdue or expel an usurper, should be no unjust enterprize, but a restitution of antient right unto the crown. Edmund Spenser.

    Richard duke of York,
    Was rightful heir unto the English crown;
    And that your majesty was an usurper. William Shakespeare.

    But this usurper, his encroachment proud,
    Stays not on man; to God his tow’r intends
    Siege and defiance. John Milton.

    Few usurpers to the shades descend
    By a dry death, or with a quiet end. Dryden.

    He griev’d, the land he freed should be oppress’d,
    And he less for it than usurpers do. Dryden.


  1. Usurper

    A usurper is an illegitimate or controversial claimant to power, often but not always in a monarchy. In other words, one who takes the power of a country, city, or established region for oneself, without any formal or legal right to claim it as one's own. Usurpers can rise to power in a region by often unexpected physical force, as well as through political influence and deceit.


  1. usurper

    A usurper is a person who wrongfully or unlawfully seizes and holds the place, position, or powers of another, typically in politics or monarchies. This could mean taking control of a throne, power, position or rights without any lawful authority or consent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Usurpernoun

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. usurper

    Supplanter, beguiler, claim jumper, squatter. One who (for all practical purposes) assumes another's position, status, office or possessions. Especially by trickery, guile, deceit or cleverness.

    Without anyone's objection, Carl usurped the powers of executor and distributed the decedent's estate.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 5, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of usurper in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of usurper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of usurper in a Sentence

  1. Claudia Rueda:

    We have to get rid of this usurper, and we can't think about anything else.

  2. Brian Dutcher:

    The usurper is here and if I get the chance I'll take him out and take the shot.

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