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Synonyms for usurp
yuˈsɜrp, -ˈzɜrp

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogate(verb)

    seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession

    "He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town"; "he usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"

    Synonyms:
    attach, sequester, capture, simulate, acquire, absorb, impound, don, put on, take, take for granted, lay claim, adopt, strike, borrow, get hold of, assume, prehend, relieve, take over, assign, repeat, claim, presume, arrogate, confiscate, get into, sham, seize, clutch, grab, buy up, appropriate, accept, take on, feign, wear, conquer, buy out, take up, bear

  2. usurp(verb)

    take the place of

    "gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke"

    Synonyms:
    take over, arrogate, assume, seize

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. usurp

    The distinctive idea of assume is to take by one's own independent volition, whether well or ill, rightfully or wrongfully. One may accept an obligation or assume an authority that properly belongs to him, or he may assume an obligation or indebtedness that could not be required of him. He may assume authority or office that is his right; if he assumes what does not belong to him, he is said to arrogate or usurp it. A man may usurp the substance of power in the most unpretending way; what he arrogates to himself he assumes with a haughty and overbearing manner. One assumes the robes or insignia of office by putting them on, with or without right. If he takes to himself the credit and appearance of qualities he does not possess, he is said to affect or feign, or to pretend to, the character he thus assumes. What a debater postulates he openly states and takes for granted without proof; what he assumes he may take for granted without mention. A favorite trick of the sophist is quietly to assume as true what would at once be challenged if expressly stated. What a man claims he asserts his right to take; what he assumes he takes.

    Synonyms:
    accept, affect, appropriate, arrogate, assume, claim, feign, postulate, presume, pretend, put on, take

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. usurp

    Synonyms:
    seize, arrogate, appropriate, assume

    Antonyms:
    receive, inherit, accept

Editors Contribution

  1. identity theft

    to seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force or without legal authority

    since no one knew his twin brother was dead, he had no problem when he tried to usurp his brother’s extravagant lifestyle

    Submitted by acronimous on February 15, 2014  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. usurp(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    seize (without right), arrogate, assume, appropriate unlawfully

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    prevaricate, encroach, arrogate, hijack

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