[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 usurpations
Your consent alone can give the least validity to these usurpations.Robert Toombs
Pleasant A. Stovall
Such are some of the usurpations and aggressions of the Slave Power.
The usurpations and acts of the rebels were considered not legal acts, but nullities.The Galaxy
Their only crime was opposition to the “usurpations of the Papal Schism.”Milton's England
Lucia Ames Mead
All usurpations, not born of war, have been caused and supported by labor.What is Property?
P. J. Proudhon
Word Origin and History for usurpations
late 14c., from Old French usurpacion, from Latin usurpationem (nominative usurpatio), noun of action from usurpare (see usurp).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper