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Meaning of USURP

Pronunciation:  yoo'surp

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  take the place of; "gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terorist act broke"
  2. [v]  take possession of without permission or take with force, as after a conquest or invasion; "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the castle"
  3. [v]  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"

USURP is a 5 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: appropriate, arrogate, assume, capture, conquer, seize, take over
 See Also: annex, carry, preoccupy, raid, replace, supersede, supervene upon, supplant, take



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \U*surp"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Usurped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Usurping}.] [L. usurpare, usurpatum, to make use of, enjoy,
    get possession of, usurp; the first part of usurpare is akin
    to usus use (see {Use}, n.): cf. F. usurper.]
    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.
  2. \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.