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|seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town
he usurped my rights
She seized control of the throne after her husband died
|take the place of
gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke
|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.
|To commit forcible seizure of place, power, functions, or the like, without right; to commit unjust encroachments; to be, or act as, a usurper.