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usurp

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Definition seize or take control without authority
  • The lawsuit claims that the Federal Government is usurping rights reserved by the Constitution for state governments.
usurping = taking without authority
  • The lawsuit claims that the President is usurping constitutional powers of Congress.
  • usurping = taking
  • Henry IV usurped the throne while Richard II was fighting in Ireland.
  • usurped = seized
  • 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
  • usurpations = acts of seizing control without authority
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • Nor shall proud Lancaster usurp my right,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 2
  • usurp = seize or take control without authority
  • Draco blames me, he thinks I have usurped Lucius's position.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • usurped = seized or taken control without authority
  • Her free time was usually usurped by what seemed at the time urgent and later unnecessary.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • usurped = seized (taken without asking for permission)
  • 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 ... and the drama of others ... had caused her to usurp space allotted to the future.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • usurp = take
  • 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
  • usurp = seize or take control
  • 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
  • usurp = seize or take control without authority
  • 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
  • usurpations = the act of seizing or taking control without authority
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • 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
  • usurped = seized or took control of
  • His wife had tried to usurp him, first by fair (sort of) means, then by foul.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • usurp = take control from
  • 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
  • usurpation = the act of seizing or taking control without authority
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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 = seizing or taking control of
  • He helped a usurper make a fool of me in my own palace.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • usurper = one who seizes or takes control without authority
  • 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
  • usurper = one who seizes or takes control without authority
  • Now, a god cannot usurp another god's symbol of power directly-
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • usurp = seize or take control of
  • Everyone except your Majesty knows that Miraz is a usurper.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • usurper = someone who takes without authority
  • 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
usurping = seizing or taking control without authority

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