- to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right: The pretender tried to usurp the throne.
- to use without authority or right; employ wrongfully: The magazine usurped copyrighted material.
- to commit forcible or illegal seizure of an office, power, etc.; encroach.
Origin of usurp
Related Words for usurpwrest, preempt, supplant, annex, commandeer, seize, assume, arrogate, swipe, displace, appropriate, take, grab, highjack, accroach
Examples from the Web for usurp
Contemporary Examples of usurp
The Constitutional Court is “absolutely part of the old guard trying to usurp power,” he tells The Daily Beast.Thailand: Into the Void
March 21, 2014
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.The Conservative Crusade For Christian Sharia Law
February 18, 2014
Makes you wonder why conservatives care so much who sits on the Supreme Court—since they seem determined to usurp its job.The Tea Party's Blind Spot
January 4, 2011
“It would be very difficult for her to come out and usurp power at this point,” he said.North Korea's 'Evil' Sister
September 28, 2010
Historical Examples of usurp
We are instructed by these petty experiences which usurp the hours and years.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You usurp the power that is mine, and you deliver me—me, your son—to the gallows.The Strolling Saint
Lastly, he bethought him of the man whose power he was bidden to usurp.Love-at-Arms
Who was to usurp my place at table, in my bed-room, and in my mother's heart?Debts of Honor
I have allowed you to usurp the rule, to reverse our natural positions.The Talking Horse
- to seize, take over, or appropriate (land, a throne, etc) without authority