1. to seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force and without legal authority 2. To take over or occupy without right

This word appears a lot in C.S. Lewis’s novel Prince Caspian: “Everyone except your Majesty knows that Miraz is a usurper. When he first began to rule he did not even pretend to be the King; he called himself Lord Protector.”

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