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Noun: usurpation  ,yoo-zur'pey-shun or ,yoo-su(r)'pey-shun
  1. Entry to another's property without right or permission
    - trespass, encroachment, violation, intrusion
  2. Wrongfully seizing and holding (an office or powers) by force (especially the seizure of a throne or supreme authority)
    "a succession of generals who ruled by usurpation"

Derived forms: usurpations

Type of: actus reus, capture, gaining control, misconduct, seizure, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct

Encyclopedia: Usurpation