(Latin: use, employ, practice)
2. To take over or to occupy without the right to do it: Rufus made an effort to usurp his neighbor's land by claiming it actually belonged to him.
3. To wrongfully seize another's place, authority, or possession: Little by little, the assistant, Mr. Carter, started to usurp his boss's authority.
4. To use without authority or right; employ wrongfully: The magazine usurped copyrighted material for the article.
5. Etymology: from Latin usurpare, "to get possession of, to acquire"; from usus, "use" and rapere, "to seize" (usu-rapos); then through Middle French usurper and via Middle English usurpen.
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2. Entry to another person's property without a legal right or permission: The usurpation of the demonstrators into the shopping center created all kinds of havoc or disruptions for the stores and the shoppers.
3. The seizure or the exercise of authority or possession of something wrongfully: The newspapers accused some city council members of a usurpation of the mayor's governing powers.
2. Those who take control of a position of power; especially, those who do not have the right to such control or power: The newspaper described the usurpers as individuals who obtained and maintained authority over the neighborhood by force without any legal authority.
There were many usurpers in the late Roman Empire; especially, from the so-called crisis of the third century onwards, when political instability became very common.
The bank was accused of usurpingly taking the Swift's house before they had a chance to make the late payment.
When Maggie tried to borrow some money to pay her medical bills, she went to a local loan agency and when she was told how much interest she would have to pay, she told the dealer that he said the rates he was charging were "fair", but she said his required payment was bordering on usury!2. Etymology: from Anglo-Norman usurie; from Medieval Latin usuria, an alteration of classical Latin usura, "use of money lent"; hence, "interest".
2. Etymology: from Latin utilis, "usable" from uti "make use of, profit by, take advantage of."