One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who takes a position of power or importance illegally or by force.‘a usurper of the throne’‘this usurper of authority was taking her father's place’
- ‘As a member of the Confederation's forces, I'm obligated to root out usurpers and traitors to the government.’
- ‘Alone among the usurpers of the 15th century, he was fortunate to have slain his childless predecessor in battle.’
- ‘His daughter Elizabeth made it treason to declare her a heretic or usurper.’
- ‘They drew him into an alliance to remove Henry from the English throne as a usurper.’
- ‘By the end of 406, Britain had created no less than three usurpers.’
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