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usurp

verb (v)

  • seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession (verb.possession)
    Example:
    He usurped my rights.
    source: wordnet30
  • take the place of (verb.social)
    Example:
    Gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To commit forcible seizure of place, power, functions, or the like, without right; to commit unjust encroachments; to be, or act as, a usurper. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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