- to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right: The pretender tried to usurp the throne.
- to use without authority or right; employ wrongfully: The magazine usurped copyrighted material.
- to commit forcible or illegal seizure of an office, power, etc.; encroach.
Origin of usurp
Related Words for usurpingwrest, preempt, supplant, annex, commandeer, seize, assume, arrogate, swipe, displace, appropriate, take, grab, highjack, accroach
Examples from the Web for usurping
Historical Examples of usurping
She herself possessed all, in usurping her one rich kingdom.Meadow Grass
But in accepting it I should be usurping an honour that rightly belongs elsewhere.Scaramouche
I went home to find the castle in usurping hands—in the hands of my enemies.The Tavern Knight
The Assembly were for usurping all authority, civil and military.A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I
President Pierce's administration recognized the usurping faction.The Negro and the Nation
George S. Merriam
- to seize, take over, or appropriate (land, a throne, etc) without authority