Definition of 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.
2. Use; usage; custom.
misdemeanor, encroachment, impingement, ravishment, rape, preemption, irreverence, infraction, give, assault, arrogation, capture, appropriation, impact, violation, intrusion, assumption, trespass, deposal, invasion, infringement, seizure, misdemeanour
- But, should mysterious fate decree her fall, may that power which knows the vice and horrors which accompany a tyrant's reign, terminate the existence of a people who can no longer preserve their lives but by receiving laws from usurpation!" - "The Scottish Chiefs", Jane Porter.
- His ancestors had assumed it from time immemorial, and by dint of never being questioned had come to regard the absurd usurpation as quite fair and proper. - "The British Barbarians", Grant Allen.
- It does not matter to me that you call these thoughts yours too, they remain mine nevertheless, and how I will proceed with them is my affair, not a usurpation. - "The Ego and His Own", Max Stirner.