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usurp (verb) take (power, position, job, etc.,) by force.

When you usurp somebodyís position, you take by force what is not yours by right. History is full of examples of people having no right to the throne of a kingdom taking it by force and declaring themselves as kings. King Henry IV, for example, in the history of England usurped the throne. That is, he removed King Richard II by force, and seized kingís power.

  • He tried to usurp the Principalís position. He wanted to become the principal in place of the present principal, though he had no right or wasnít senior enough to become principal.
  • Though not the heir to the throne, he usurped the throne. He had the legal successor killed and occupied the throne unjustly.
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