[yoo-ser-pey-shuh n, -zer-]
- an act of usurping; wrongful or illegal encroachment, infringement, or seizure.
- illegal seizure and occupation of a throne.
Origin of usurpation
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Word Origin and History for usurpatory
late 14c., from Old French usurpacion, from Latin usurpationem (nominative usurpatio), noun of action from usurpare (see usurp).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper