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[ yoo-surpt, -zurpt ]


  1. seized by force or without legal right:

    When Edward IV deposed Henry VI, some saw it as a providential restoration of the usurped throne to the lawful heirs of Richard II.

  2. deprived of something forcibly or without legal right:

    The peasants and other members of the usurped communities have been forced to work as peons in the land that previously belonged to them.

  3. used or employed without authority or right; used wrongfully:

    Exploitation of usurped or counterfeited web content is punishable by criminal law.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of usurp.

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  • un·u·surped adjective

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Example Sentences

It’s akin to an ugly duckling’s offspring usurping the beautiful swan’s to win first place in a beauty contest.

Few seem to have considered the possibility that he, and the court, usurped congressional power in both of them.

The President should give back the powers he usurped from Parliament, letting the MPs form the Cabinet.

I think she was too late: By 1919, art had usurped all of most pictures' functions.

Lenin usurped the Russian revolution only eight months after Alexander Kerensky toppled the Czar.

On this, Breeden has delivered, as no profit has been heard of since he usurped the management.

In both cases the judicial functions were usurped by a body unfit to exercise such functions.

The Mamelukes purchased as slaves, and introduced as soldiers, soon usurped the power and selected a leader.

I could not look on him—his face was altered, and his usual bland expression had been usurped by that I have described.

False gods, whatever degree of godhead they usurped, had for a time the mystifying power of concealing their falsehood.

Mrs. Slade's perfectly-matched drawing-room took on the semblance of a throne-room, in which she had seen herself usurped.


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