Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: verb

To seize and hold without right; assume arrogantly.

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Usage examples "usurp":

  1. Of similar interest to me is a turn in an old Massachusetts road, over which, boy and man, I have traveled hundreds of times; one of those delightful back- roads, half road and half lane, where the grass grows between the horse- track and the wheel- track, while bushes usurp what ought to be the sidewalk. - "Birds in the Bush", Bradford Torrey.
  2. Sulla was appointed in proper form, though he did in fact usurp the power, and under the title of dictator was more than king. - "Plutarch's Lives, Volume II", Aubrey Stewart & George Long.
  3. Not unfrequently has the ceremony been performed in the presence, but not within the understanding, of the wondering natives; and on this formality is grounded a claim to usurp the actual possession, in preference to other Europeans. - "History of the Buccaneers of America", James Burney.