One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Richard usurped the throne’
seize, take over, expropriate, take possession of, take, appropriate, steal, wrest, arrogate, commandeer, annex, assume, lay claim to
2‘the Hanoverian dynasty had usurped the Stuarts’
oust, overthrow, remove, topple, unseat, depose, dethrone, eject, dispel
succeed, come after, step into the shoes of, supplant, replace
informal fill someone's boots, crowd out, defenestrate
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