A Word A Day : Usurp
Wednesday, 24th October 2007 : Today's Word is ...
( Verb )
Pronunciation : yoo-súrp
1. to use something without the right to do so
2. seize something without right
14th century - Via French - Latin usurpare - seize for use - perhaps, usus - use + rapere - seize
seize, appropriate, take, take over, assume, commandeer, grab, arrogate
surrender, lose in
• If a single member should attempt to usurp
the supreme authority, he could not be supposed to have an equal authority and credit in all the confederate states.
• The girl was frankly glad to see him once more and laughingly chid him because he had allowed another to usurp
his prerogative and rescue her from Peter of Colfax.
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