usurp /jʊˈsɝp ||ˈzɚ/
U·surp, 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.
The parish churches on which the Presbyterians and fanatics had usurped. --Evelyn.
And now the Spirits of the Mind
Are busy with poor Peter Bell;
Upon the rights of visual sense
Usurping, with a prevalence
More terrible than magic spell. --Wordsworth.
U·surp v. t. [imp. & p. p. Usurped p. pr. & vb. n. Usurping.] 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.
Alack, thou dost usurp authority. --Shak.
Another revolution, to get rid of this illegitimate and usurped government, would of course be perfectly justifiable. --Burke.
Note: ☞ Usurp is applied to seizure and use of office, functions, powers, rights, etc.; it is not applied to common dispossession of private property.
Syn: -- To arrogate; assume; appropriate.
v 1: seize and take control without authority and possibly with
force; take as one's right or possession; "He assumed to
himself the right to fill all positions in the town";
"he usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the
throne after her husband died" [syn: assume, seize,
take over, arrogate]
2: take the place of; "gloom had usurped mirth at the party
after the news of the terorist act broke"