Definition of usurper in English:


Pronunciation /juːˈzəːpə/ /juːˈsəːpə/


  • 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’
    • ‘By the end of 406, Britain had created no less than three usurpers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a member of the Confederation's forces, I'm obligated to root out usurpers and traitors to the government.’



/juːˈzəːpə/ /juːˈsəːpə/