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What does "Usurp" mean?


(v. i.) To commit forcible seizure of place, power, functions, or the like, without right; to commit unjust encroachments; to be, or act as, a usurper (v. t.) To seize, and hold in possession, by force, or without right; as, to usurp a throne; to usurp the prerogatives of the crown; to usurp power; to usurp the right of a patron is to oust or dispossess him

Synonyms assume, arrogate, take over

Example: "Gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terorist act broke" Example: "He usurped my rights"

Word Family usurpation, usurpations, usurped, usurper, usurpers, usurping, usurps