• WordNet 3.6
    • n usurpation wrongfully seizing and holding (an office or powers) by force (especially the seizure of a throne or supreme authority) "a succession of generals who ruled by usurpation"
    • n usurpation entry to another's property without right or permission
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Usurpation The act of usurping, or of seizing and enjoying; an authorized, arbitrary assumption and exercise of power, especially an infringing on the rights of others; specifically, the illegal seizure of sovereign power; -- commonly used with of, also used with on or upon; as, the usurpation of a throne; the usurpation of the supreme power. "He contrived their destruction, with the usurpation of the regal dignity upon him.""A law [of a State] which is a usurpation upon the general government.""Manifest usurpation on the rights of other States."
    • Usurpation Use; usage; custom.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n usurpation The act of usurping; the act of seizing or occupying and enjoying the place, power, functions, or property of another without right; especially, the wrongful occupation of a throne: as, the usurpation of supreme power.
    • n usurpation In law: Intrusion into an office or assumption of a franchise, whether on account of vacancy or by ousting the incumbent, without any color of title.
    • n usurpation Such intrusion or assumption without lawful title.
    • n usurpation The absolute ouster and dispossession of the patron of a church by presenting a clerk to a vacant benefice, who is thereupon admitted and instituted; intrusion. Use; usage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Usurpation act of usurping: unlawful seizure and possession: intrusion into an office
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  • Lord Melbourne
    “Wealth is so much the greatest good that Fortune has to bestow that in the Latin and English languages it has usurped her name.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. usurpatio , making use, usurpation: cf. F. usurpation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. usurpāre, perh. contr. from usu-rapĕre, to seize to one's own use—usus, use, rapĕre, to seize; or from usum rumpĕre, to break a use.


In literature:

Complaint of these usurpations was severely punished by fine and imprisonment.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 79, May, 1864" by Various
The little, plump hand was lean and bony, and wrinkles usurped the alabaster brow.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Piety is no more, she sees her place Usurped by monsters, and a savage race.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume 5 (of 18)" by John Dryden
They hold this government to be an usurpation.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The master has continually tried to usurp unlimited powers.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
What was the penalty for usurpation?
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
The only apology for introducing a tyrant upon the stage, was to make him at the same time an usurper.
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
But other arbitrary distinctions exist among mankind, either from choice or usurpation.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
Soon afterwards another usurper, Bel-kudur-utsur, led an Assyrian army against the Babylonians, but was slain in battle.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
With my sword I will defend them against all usurpers.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout

In poetry:

Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in ev'ry foe!
Liberty's in ev'ry blow!
Let us do or die!
"Scots Wha Hae " by Robert Burns
Lay the proud usurper low;
See, he reels at every blow!
End his reign of sin and wo!
Shout for victory!
"Address To Washingtonians" by John Pierpont
Let a little time have fled,
And anon it topples down;
And we tear away the crown
From that usurper's head!
"Chaos Crystallising" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
"I am Jehovah: I am One:
My name shall now be known;
No idol shall usurp my praise,
Nor mount into my throne."
"Hymn VI. Behold! th' Ambassador Divine" by John Logan
Usurping Sun the sky-folk pens
Unwindowed in his blue;
The trumpet blare of common-sense
Our hearing deafens too:
"Evensong" by Bernard O Dowd
But Jesus, stronger far than he,
In his appointed hour
Appears, to set his people free
From the usurper's pow'r.
"The Heart Taken" by John Newton

In news:

Hear Prinzhorn Dance School 's 'Usurper'.
Usurping champions, gobbling victories, withdrawing to give others a chance to win here are the defining moments of the greatest racer ever.
Ozick's master's thesis was on Henry James, and she is writing this story in English, the usurper language.
RIVERDALE — US Rep Rob Bishop said many of the problems facing the nation are a result of the federal government usurping the rights of the states and managing resources that should be handled at the local level.
The makers of the Hamilton watch look to protect its "strong association with Hollywood" with a lawsuit against an alleged usurper claiming a role in the recent Will Smith film.
Will crowdfunding usurp the studio biz.
VATICAN CITY – The Vatican is complaining that some bishops in China have " usurped " the Catholic Church's authority and are confusing the faithful.
The Vatican is complaining that some bishops in China have usurped the Catholic Church's authority and are confusing the faithful.
Ultrabooks to Usurp Tablets at 2012 CES.
Don't usurp Davidson voters' power.
Hear Prinzhorn Dance School's ' Usurper '.
Illegal workers usurping US jobs.
Earlier this week, a state judge ruled that Arizona's medical marijuana law doesn't usurp federal drug laws, clearing the way for the dispensaries to open.
Why would the taxpayers want to usurp federal authority and existing federal laws.
A court can exclude expert testimony that reaches legal conclusions and usurps the role of the jury.