an act of usurping; wrongful or illegal encroachment, infringement, or seizure.
illegal seizure and occupation of a throne.
- u·sur·pa·tive [yoo-sur-puh-tiv, ‐zur‐], /yuˈsɜr pə tɪv, ‐ˈzɜr‐/, u·sur·pa·to·ry [yoo-sur-puh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee, ‐zur‐], /yuˈsɜr pəˌtɔr i, ‐ˌtoʊr i, ‐ˈzɜr‐/, adjective
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How to use usurpation in a sentence
Wallace interrupted Katzenbach and read a long statement, refusing to “willingly submit to the illegal usurpation of power by the federal government.”How Robert F. Kennedy Shaped His Brother's Response to Civil Rights | Patricia Sullivan | August 11, 2021 | Time
Russians had no choice but face his final decision; his usurpation of political power is sickly humiliating.
All government action is not a usurpation of individual freedom—it's a matter of striking the right balance.
Indignation nerved her spirit as she reflected upon the usurpation thus ostentatiously displayed.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
But she was quick to discriminate between usurpation, and legal authority.A short history of Rhode Island | George Washington Greene
But no one has yet seen fit to bring such an action; and the reason is that there has been no usurpation of executive authority.
But during those times of military usurpation, these passions were the same.
Rather than submit to the usurpation of the Guises, they preferred to fall with arms in their hands.History of the Rise of the Huguenots | Henry Baird