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Meaning of USURPATION

Pronunciation:  `yoosur'peyshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  wrongfully seizing and holding (an office or powers) by force (especially the seizure of a throne or supreme authority); "a succession of generals who ruled by usurpation"
  2. [n]  entry to another's property without right or permission
 

USURPATION is a 10 letter word that starts with U.

 

 Synonyms: encroachment, intrusion, trespass, violation
 
 See Also: actus reus, capture, gaining control, inroad, misconduct, seizure, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\U`sur*pa"tion\, n. [L. usurpatio ? making use,
usurpation: cf. F. usurpation.]
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.

Note: Usurpation, in a peculiar sense, formerly denoted the
      absolute ouster and dispossession of the patron of a
      church, by a stranger presenting a clerk to a vacant
      benefice, who us thereupon admitted and instituted.

2. Use; usage; custom. [Obs.] --Bp. Pearson.

 

 

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