Usurpation

Definition of Usurpation

U`sur`pa´tion
n.1.
1.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.
- Sir T. More.
A law [of a State] which is a usurpation upon the general government.
- O. Ellsworth.
Manifest usurpation on the rights of other States.
- D. Webster.
2.Use; usage; custom.

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