[yoo-ser-pey-shuh n, -zer-]
- an act of usurping; wrongful or illegal encroachment, infringement, or seizure.
- illegal seizure and occupation of a throne.
Origin of usurpation
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Examples from the Web for usurpation
Russians had no choice but face his final decision; his usurpation of political power is sickly humiliating.To the Streets!
September 26, 2011
All government action is not a usurpation of individual freedom—it's a matter of striking the right balance.The GOP's War on Teddy Roosevelt
March 9, 2010
Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found.
Is this the rightful exercise of power, or is it usurpation?
He gave them a recital of all the events connected with the usurpation of Amulius.Romulus, Makers of History
It is esteemed a usurpation of privilege to baptize on crossing the tropics.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
There is the beginning and type of the usurpation of the whole earth.Pascal
Word Origin and History for usurpation
late 14c., from Old French usurpacion, from Latin usurpationem (nominative usurpatio), noun of action from usurpare (see usurp).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper