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usurpation

[ yoo-ser-pey-shuhn, -zer- ]
/ ˌyu sərˈpeɪ ʃən, -zər- /
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noun

an act of usurping; wrongful or illegal encroachment, infringement, or seizure.
illegal seizure and occupation of a throne.

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Origin of usurpation

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin ūsūrpātiōn- (stem of ūsūrpātiō), equivalent to ūsūrpāt(us) (past participle of ūsūrpāre to usurp) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM usurpation

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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