from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force or without legal authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.
- transitive v. To take over or occupy without right: usurp a neighbor's land.
- transitive v. To take the place of (another) without legal authority; supplant.
- intransitive v. To seize another's place, authority, or possession wrongfully.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means.
- v. To use and assume the coat of arms of another person.
- v. To make use of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To seize, and hold in possession, by force, or without right
- intransitive v. To commit forcible seizure of place, power, functions, or the like, without right; to commit unjust encroachments; to be, or act as, a usurper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To seize and hold possession of, as of some important or dignified place, office, power, or property, by force or without right; seize, appropriate, or assume illegally or wrongfully: as, to usurp a throne; to usurp the prerogatives of the crown; to usurp power.
- To assume, in a wider sense; put on; sometimes, to counterfeit.
- To be or act as a usurper; hence, to commit illegal seizure; encroach: with on or upon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take the place of
- v. seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
But she used the magic word usurp, which is always big ...
I wondered who the skinny Black guy was trying to 'usurp' my candidate's position, then I heard him speak.
At the weekly news conference in Moscow, a Russian foreign-ministry spokesman said neighboring countries were free to choose alliances and denied Moscow was attempting to "usurp" other nations 'international rights.
For extending deadlines and allowing hand recounts, Bush accused the Florida Supreme Court of trying to "usurp" the legislature's power.
So they clearly know in the Obama campaign that he's been able to kind of usurp that mantle and bring change and the maverick thing.
So, they clearly know in the Obama campaign that he's been able to kind of usurp that mantle and bring change and the -- the maverick thing.
This flag contest has heightened tensions between the two communities with one accusing the other of trying to "usurp" areas which were traditionally dominated by them.
Qayum repeatedly expressed concern that the government might "usurp" the process: "An Afghan government-based negotiation would lead to everyone at the table demanding a slice of the government, but the government would be unable to satisfy all of these competing demands and would take the blame for the negotiations' failure."
Ed Roberts of the Indiana Manufacturers Association says the bill would "usurp" business owners 'property rights.
"A lot of us don't have the luxury of avoiding high-crime areas," Mr. Cooper said, noting that while businesses were arguing the bill would "usurp" their rights, inaction "usurps my right" to carry his handgun and protect himself.