Definition of usurp:
- To commit forcible seizure of place, power, functions, or the like, without right; to commit unjust encroachments; to be, or act as, a 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.
postulate, preempt, simulate, replace, sequester, assign, get into, relieve, clutch, assume, succeed, attach, buy up, claim, appropriate, take up, change, don, put on, repeat, strike, conquer, buy out, lay hold of, give way, prehend, give, renew, swap, get hold of, absorb, bear, substitute, take on, arrogate, make way (for), supersede, pretend, capture, feign, borrow, adopt, presume, sham, take for granted, expropriate, wear, take over, affect, lay claim, seize, accept.
- "Wolf Breed", Jackson Gregory.
The same case, we are told, namely, breach of the social compact and restoration of natural liberty, occurs when the members of the government usurp separately the power which they ought only to exercise in a body.- "Rousseau Volumes I. and II.", John Morley.
Thus in the progress of events we had reached that consummation, which the voice of the people has now so pointedly rebuked, of the attempt of a portion of the States, by a sectional organization and movement, to usurp the control of the Government of the United States.- "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.