Word of the Day: usurp

usurp verb \yu̇-ˈsərp also -ˈzərp\: to take and keep (something, such as power) in a forceful or violent way and especially without the right to do so.

 1 a:  to seize and hold (as office, place, or powers) in possession by force or without right <usurp a throne>. b:  to take or make use of without right <usurped the rights to her life story>. 2:  to take the place of by or as if by force : supplant <must not let stock responses based on inherited prejudice usurp careful judgment>.

Synonyms: arrogate, commandeer, convert, expropriate, pirate, preempt, press, seize, take over, appropriate

Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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2 thoughts on “Word of the Day: usurp”

  1. Glad you’re enjoying it Deanie! It’s been interesting coming up with “spooky” words for the month of October. If I keep going in alphabetical order, I’m going to be hard pressed to come up with words for x,y, and z. Whose idea was this? LOL!

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