From Old French usurper, from Latin ūsūrpāre.
usurp (third-person singular simple present usurps, present participle usurping, simple past and past participle usurped)
- To seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means.
- To use and assume the coat of arms of another person.
- (obsolete) To make use of.
- 1662, Henry More, An Antidote Against Atheism, Appendix, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 149:
- " […] especially considering that even Matter it self, in which they tumble and wallow, which they feel with their hands and usurp with all their Senses […] "