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Monday, March 30, 2009


When history is made, there should be some sort of marker. Today's marker is a reminder of the definition of the word usurp.

Webster's 1828:
To seize and hold in possession by force or without right; as, to usurp a throne; to usurp the prerogatives of the crown; to usurp power. To usurp the right of a patron, is to oust or dispossess him.
Vice sometimes usurps the place of virtue.
[Usurp is not applied to common dispossession of private property.]

Dictionarydotcom; The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language definition:
1. To seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force or without legal authority.
2. To take over or occupy without right: usurp a neighbor's land.
3. To seize another's place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

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