verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of usurp
Examples from the Web for usurp
The Constitutional Court is “absolutely part of the old guard trying to usurp power,” he tells The Daily Beast.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
Makes you wonder why conservatives care so much who sits on the Supreme Court—since they seem determined to usurp its job.
“It would be very difficult for her to come out and usurp power at this point,” he said.
Popes had tried in past times to usurp authority in England.The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon|J.A. Froude
I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.Handbook of Freethought|Various
We dare not usurp a privilege which has no other basis than our inner task.The Goose Man|Jacob Wassermann
New interests, new lines of work, began to usurp the place which pure morphology had held so long.Form and Function|E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
No pink-and-white coquetry could usurp her right to suffer with him and for him, at all events.A Charming Fellow, Volume III (of 3)|Frances Eleanor Trollope
Word Origin for usurp
early 14c., from Old French usurper, from Latin usurpare "make use of, seize for use," in Late Latin "to assume unlawfully," from usus "a use" (see use) + rapere "to seize" (see rapid). Related: Usurped; usurping.