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Henry IV usurped the throne from Richard II while the latter was fighting in Ireland.
  seize or take control without authority
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  • Henry IV usurped the throne from Richard II while the latter was fighting in Ireland.
  • I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
    James Madison
  • He usurped my rights.
  • Nor shall proud Lancaster usurp my right,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 2

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  • So how are you going to usurp Erudite?
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • And we weren’t even usurping, just trying to stop another bloody tribal upheaval and another regime change from the elected to the dictators.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He helped a usurper make a fool of me in my own palace.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • She almost apologized to the tenants the first time she collected the rents.
    Felt like a usurper.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • the usurper’s cursed head
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Wife-stealing and murder, usurpation and insolence:
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • Draco blames me, he thinks I have usurped Lucius’s position.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • What art thou, that usurp’st this time of night,
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Everyone except your Majesty knows that Miraz is a usurper.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • Now, a god cannot usurp another god’s symbol of power directly-
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • William the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much accustomed to usurpation and conquest.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Thou dost here usurp the name thou ownest not;
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • Each giant was bred specifically to oppose one of the twelve Olympian gods—to usurp that god’s domain.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • thou usurp’st a power not thine.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • For the last time in his life he allowed passion to usurp cunning and reason, and it was because of his great love for John Thornton that he lost his head.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • This supreme position was gradually usurped by Enlil,
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Men lay the one as low as lies the other.
    Right so betwixt a titleless tyrant usurper
    And an outlaw, or else a thief errant, wandering
    The same I say, there is no difference
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • This was the shocking thing; that the slime of the pit seemed to utter cries and voices; that the amorphous dust gesticulated and sinned; that what was dead, and had no shape, should usurp the offices of life.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • She led the Viceroy a horrible life with her passion for concessions and her gradual usurpation of privileges.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • This was the shocking thing; that the slime of the pit seemed to utter cries and voices; that the amorphous dust gesticulated and sinned; that what was dead, and had no shape, should usurp the offices of life.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • you do usurp yourself, for what is yours to bestow is not yours to reserve.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • If you will not banish the usurping nag, so be it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • The causes of the difficulties in seizing the kingdom of the Turk are that the usurper cannot be called in by the princes of the kingdom,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • ...a certain impatience of the duties of a mere copyist, an unwarrantable usurpation of strictly professional affairs, such as the original drawing up of legal documents.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • It was a five-year diary; in the four years of its existence she had never neglected to make an entry, though the splendor of several events (Eveanna’s wedding, the birth of her nephew) and the drama of others (her first REAL quarrel with Bobby"-a page literally tear-stained) had caused her to usurp space allotted to the future.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • detain’d by her usurping uncle
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • The ghosts were returning; they filled Italy, they were even usurping the places she had known as a child.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Usurping ivy, brier, or idle moss
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • usurped by his uncle
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • their lack of trust in him. Their failure to believe that he knew what was best for them and how to get it. His wife had tried to usurp him, first by fair (sort of) means, then by foul. When her little hints and whining objections had been overturned by his own well-reasoned arguments, she had turned his boy against him, tried to kill him with a bottle, and then...
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • "Tom" was a bad baby, from the very beginning of his usurpation.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Her free time was usually usurped by what seemed at the time urgent and later unnecessary.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • —an engagement, if engagement it ever was, lasting for a whole year yet ... he, the living man, was usurped, you see.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Miraz the usurper
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • The usurper Richard
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • Phaedrus’ mind races on and on and then on further, seeing now at last a kind of evil thing, an evil deeply entrenched in himself, which pretends to try to understand love and beauty and truth and wisdom but whose real purpose is never to understand them, whose real purpose is always to usurp them and enthrone itself.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • But Mom took it upon herself to usurp the mommy role,
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • Thou didst usurp my place,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • a witness’d usurpation
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • Thus superstition had usurped the place of religion in the life of our town, and that is why the church in which Peneloux preached his sermon was only three-quarters full.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • I know the boy will well usurp the grace, voice, gait, and action, of a gentlewoman
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • My fool usurps my body.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Meantime that functionary, resuming his path, must have momentarily worn some expression less guarded than that of the bitter smile, and usurping the face from the heart, some distorting expression perhaps; for a drummer-boy heedlessly frolicking along from the opposite direction and chancing to come into light collision with his person was strangely disconcerted by his aspect.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations...
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • And now they’ve turned against him by threatening to usurp his dynasty.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • But we have to subdue the anger and squash the ideas of usurping power quickly, before they unite and undo our great nation.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
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