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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : (used especially of the rights of another) seized and held
            by force; "the usurped crown sat heavy on his head"