verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of usurp
Examples from the Web for usurper
Branded a usurper, Bruce had been excommunicated by the Vatican.
Or because he supported the deposed King Richard II rather than the usurper Henry Bolingbroke?Five Little-Known But History-Changing Medieval Crime Stories|Eric Jager|March 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Well, sir, he voted in this here last election for the Austrian usurper, and now he's knighted!The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 3|Robert H. Newell
He repaired the ruin wrought by the usurper, and revived what was worth revival in the old form of government.Mexico|Susan Hale
Tezcuco would secure the aid of those who would have the Tepanec usurper overthrown.A Prince of Anahuac|James A. Porter
Macbeth appears as the defender of the legitimist prince, Lulach, against Duncan, a usurper.Alfred Tennyson|Andrew Lang
If an ewe gives birth to four, approach of an usurper, the country will be destroyed.
British Dictionary definitions for usurper
Word Origin for usurp
Word Origin and History for usurper
early 14c., from Old French usurper, from Latin usurpare "make use of, seize for use," in Late Latin "to assume unlawfully," from usus "a use" (see use) + rapere "to seize" (see rapid). Related: Usurped; usurping.