[ yoo-ser-pey-shuhn, -zer- ]
/ ˌyu sərˈpeɪ ʃən, -zər- /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM usurpationu·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
And he used it to stand for equality and opportunity and against an unjust war and unconstitutional usurpations.Remembering Robert Byrd|Paul Begala|June 28, 2010|DAILY BEAST
He attacked the usurpations of Robespierre and the machinations of the Jacobins, by which he fell.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Much has been said in recent years regarding Executive usurpations.
In proportion to the enormity of the violences and usurpations, were augmented the pretences of sanctity, among those regicides.
He at once denounced the usurpations of the Commons, and brought in a bill to declare them illegal.History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)|John Richard Green
It is in case of usurpations only Virginia claims that it is a duty and right to interpose to redress this evil.