Usurp

Definition of Usurp

U`surp´
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Usurped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Usurping.]
Alack, thou dost usurp authority.
- Shak.
Another revolution, to get rid of this illegitimate and usurped government, would of course be perfectly justifiable.
- Burke.
v. i.1.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.

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