usurpation


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u·sur·pa·tion

 (yo͞o′sər-pā′shən, -zər-)
n.
1. The act of usurping, especially the wrongful seizure of royal sovereignty.
2. A wrongful seizure or exercise of authority or privilege belonging to another; an encroachment: "in our own day, gross usurpations upon the liberty of private life" (John Stuart Mill).

u•sur•pa•tion

(ˌyu sərˈpeɪ ʃən, -zər-)

n.
1. an act of usurping.
2. illegal seizure and occupation of a throne.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.usurpation - entry to another's property without right or permissionusurpation - entry to another's property without right or permission
actus reus, wrongful conduct, misconduct, wrongdoing - activity that transgresses moral or civil law; "he denied any wrongdoing"
inroad - an encroachment or intrusion; "they made inroads in the United States market"
2.usurpation - wrongfully seizing and holding (an office or powers) by force (especially the seizure of a throne or supreme authority)usurpation - 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"
capture, gaining control, seizure - the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

usurpation

noun
The act of taking something for oneself:
Translations

usurpation

[ˌjuːzɜːˈpeɪʃən] Nusurpación f

usurpation

nUsurpation f (geh); (of power also)widerrechtliche Übernahme; (of title, inheritance)widerrechtliche Aneignung; usurpation of the throneThronraub m, → Usurpation fdes Thrones (geh)
References in classic literature ?
Yet, owing to the long priority of his claims, and the profound ignorance which, till some seventy years back, invested the then fabulous and utterly unknown sperm-whale, and which ignorance to this present day still reigns in all but some few scientific retreats and whale-ports; this usurpation has been every way complete.
Tom" was a bad baby, from the very beginning of his usurpation.
This usurpation, it is well known, he afterwards effected.
William the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much accustomed to usurpation and conquest.
Were he to subdue a part, that which would still remain free might oppose him with forces independent of those which he had usurped and overpower him before he could be settled in his usurpation.
A dissolution or usurpation is the dreadful dilemma to which it is continually exposed.
The young queen of Britain has not a more loyal subject in her realm--perhaps not one who would kneel before her throne with such reverential love--as this old grandsire, whose head has whitened beneath the mild sway of the Republic, which still, in his mellower moments, he terms a usurpation.
Though the company, by treaty, have a right to a participation only, in the trade of these regions, and are, in fact, but tenants on sufferance; yet have they quietly availed themselves of the original oversight, and subsequent supineness of the American government, to establish a monopoly of the trade of the river and its dependencies; and are adroitly proceeding to fortify themselves in their usurpation, by securing all the strong points of the country.
His accession to the throne, or rather his usurpation of the sovereignty, a hundred and seventy-one years before the coming of Christ; his attempt to plunder the temple of Diana at Ephesus; his implacable hostility to the Jews; his pollution of the Holy of Holies; and his miserable death at Taba, after a tumultuous reign of eleven years, are circumstances of a prominent kind, and therefore more generally noticed by the historians of his time than the impious, dastardly, cruel, silly, and whimsical achievements which make up the sum total of his private life and reputation.
This giving is flat usurpation, and therefore when the beneficiary is ungrateful, as all beneficiaries hate all Timons, not at all considering the value of the gift but looking back to the greater store it was taken from,--I rather sympathize with the beneficiary than with the anger of my lord Timon.
It happened that the reigning king, the usurper - you are quite of my opinion, I believe, that it is an act of usurpation quietly to enjoy, and selfishly to assume the right over, an inheritance to which a man has only half a right?
Israeli's violations of Palestinian human rights and continued usurpation of Palestinians lands as well as building of new settlements run counter with international laws and heavenly religions, he said.