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Definition of "usurpation" []

  • The act of usurping, especially the wrongful seizure of royal sovereignty. (noun)
  • 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). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "usurpation" in a sentence
  • "Chartists at once organized resistance to what they called the usurpation and, after a long civil war, were successful."
  • "King William, independent of Leisler, and on the 26th of October, before the arrival of the packet from Lord Nottingham, they formed themselves into a convention to resist what they called the usurpation of Leisler."
  • "However, Huntington did not take into account the possibility that the debate could yet be framed in terms of potential usurpation from the political class using immigration as a tool."