usurp [yoo-surp, -zurp] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
- to commit forcible or illegal seizure of an office, power, etc.; encroach.
Origin of usurp 1275–1325; Middle English Latin ūsūrpāre to take possession through use, equivalent to ūsū (ablative of ūsus(noun)) + -rp-, reduced form of -rip-, combining form of rapere to seize + -āre infinitive endingRelated formsu·surp·er, nounu·surp·ing·ly, adverbnon·u·surp·ing, adjectivenon·u·surp·ing·ly, adverbself-u·surp, verb (used without object)un·u·surped, adjectiveun·u·surp·ing, adjective Related Words for usurping , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Examples from the Web for usurping Historical Examples of usurping
She herself possessed all, in usurping her one rich kingdom.
But in accepting it I should be usurping an honour that rightly belongs elsewhere.
I went home to find the castle in usurping hands—in the hands of my enemies.
The Assembly were for usurping all authority, civil and military.
President Pierce’s administration recognized the usurping faction.
George S. Merriam
British Dictionary definitions for usurping usurp verb
- to seize, take over, or appropriate (land, a throne, etc) without authority
Derived Formsusurpation, nounusurpative or usurpatory, adjectiveusurper, nounWord Origin for usurp C14: from Old French usurper, from Latin ūsūrpāre to take into use, probably from ūsus use + rapere to seize Word Origin and History for usurping usurp v.
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) + rapere “to seize” (see ). Related: Usurped; usurping.