usurper


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u·surp

 (yo͞o-sûrp′, -zûrp′)
v. u·surped, u·surp·ing, u·surps
v.tr.
1. To seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force or without legal authority.
2. To take over or occupy without right: usurp a neighbor's land.
3. To take the place of (another) without legal authority; supplant.
v.intr.
To seize another's place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

[Middle English usurpen, from Old French usurper, from Latin ūsūrpāre, to take into use, usurp; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

u·surp′er n.
u·surp′ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.usurper - one who wrongfully or illegally seizes and holds the place of anotherusurper - one who wrongfully or illegally seizes and holds the place of another
offender, wrongdoer - a person who transgresses moral or civil law
claim jumper - one who illegally occupies property to which another has a legal claim
Translations
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usurper

[juːˈzɜːpəʳ] Nusurpador(a) m/f

usurper

[juːˈzɜːrr] (formal) nusurpateur/trice m/f

usurper

nunrechtmäßiger Machthaber, unrechtmäßige Machthaberin, Usurpator(in) m(f) (geh); (fig)Eindringling m; the usurper of the throneder Thronräuber; the usurper of his father’s throneder unrechtmäßige Nachfolger seines Vaters auf dem Thron

usurper

[juːˈzɜːpəʳ] nusurpatore/trice

usurp

(juˈzəːp) verb
to take (another person's power, position etc) without the right to do so. The king's uncle tried to usurp the throne; I shall not allow him to usurp my authority.
uˈsurper noun
References in classic literature ?
I say at once there are fewer difficulties in holding hereditary states, and those long accustomed to the family of their prince, than new ones; for it is sufficient only not to transgress the customs of his ancestors, and to deal prudently with circumstances as they arise, for a prince of average powers to maintain himself in his state, unless he be deprived of it by some extraordinary and excessive force; and if he should be so deprived of it, whenever anything sinister happens to the usurper, he will regain it.
The honorable, the king's attorney, is informed by a friend of the throne and religion, that one Edmond Dantes, mate of the ship Pharaon, arrived this morning from Smyrna, after having touched at Naples and Porto-Ferrajo, has been intrusted by Murat with a letter for the usurper, and by the usurper with a letter for the Bonapartist committee in Paris.
Why, they are sending ambassadors to compliment the usurper.
The Emperor Alexander," said she, with the melancholy which always accompanied any reference of hers to the Imperial family, "has declared that he will leave it to the French people themselves to choose their own form of government; and I believe that once free from the usurper, the whole nation will certainly throw itself into the arms of its rightful king," she concluded, trying to be amiable to the royalist emigrant.
And if the usurper had been recognized by Anne of Austria, he would still have been - her son.
As she progressed with her practice, she was surprised to see how steadily and surely the awe which had kept her tongue reverent and her manner humble toward her young master was transferring itself to her speech and manner toward the usurper, and how similarly handy she was becoming in transferring her motherly curtness of speech and peremptoriness of manner to the unlucky heir of the ancient house of Driscoll.
Earnshaw's death, which happened in less than two years after, the young master had learned to regard his father as an oppressor rather than a friend, and Heathcliff as a usurper of his parent's affections and his privileges; and he grew bitter with brooding over these injuries.
Intelligence can be more speedily obtained of their preparations and movements, and the military force in the possession of the usurpers can be more rapidly directed against the part where the opposition has begun.
I chiefly fed mine eyes with beholding the destroyers of tyrants and usurpers, and the restorers of liberty to oppressed and injured nations.
NATIONAL DAY OF KUWAIT | 1570: Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V who declared her a usurper.
She said that this act of PML-N is malevolent and it proves that usurper dictator Zia's endeared still have bitter feelings for Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.
There is a need for solidarity among Muslim countries and decisive steps are needed by Muslim world against the usurper Israeli regime," Ferdosipour said in a meeting with Speaker of Jordan's Senate Faisal Al-Fayez in Amman on Friday.