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Usurpation

 

unlawful seizure; appropriation by force of another’s rights. In politics, usurpation is the unlawful seizure of government power or the appropriation of the office and functions of a head of state by means of a coup d’etat with the intention of establishing a personal dictatorship. An example is Napoleon Bonaparte’s seizure of power through a coup in 1799.

Usurpation

Adonijah
presumptuously assumed David’s throne before Solomon’s investiture. [O.T.: I Kings 1:5–10]
Anschluss Nazi
takeover of Austria (1938). [Eur. Hist.: Hitler, 590–627]
Athaliah
steals throne by killing all royal line. [O.T.: II Kings 11:1]
Claudius
usurped throne of Hamlet’s father. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
Frederick
arrogated dominions of his brother. [Br. Lit.: As You Like It]
Glorious Revolution
James II deposed; William and Mary enthroned (1688). [Br. Hist.: EB, 3: 248]
Godunov, Boris
(c. 1551–1605) cunningly has tsarevich murdered; gallantly accepts throne. [Russ. Lit.: Boris Godunov; Russ. Opera: Moussorgsky, Boris Godunov]
Menahem
murders Shallum and enthrones himself. [O.T.: II Kings 15:14]
Otrepyev, Grigory
baseborn monk assumes dead tsarevich’s identity and throne. [Russ. Lit.: Boris Gudonov; Russ. Opera: Moussorgsky, Boris Godunov]
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He may very well have been a usurper and a murderer.
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Allectus also turned usurper but was defeated by Constantius I, father of the Emperor Constantine, in 296.
Using the familiar technique of trying to scare people into surrendering their liberties, the would-be usurper continued: "Either before we lose a city or, if we are truly stupid, after we lose a city, we will adopt rules of engagement that use every technology we can find to break up their capacity to use the Internet, to break up their capacity to use free speech, and to go after people who want to kill us to stop them from recruiting people."
The Anglican church owes its existence as a separate branch of the Western church to the fact that it was willing to support a licentious king, the son of a usurper, in his desire to cast off one wife after another in his quest for an heir.
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All ends happilly, with the double-dyed villain (not the usurping king, but his henchman) dead mad the usurper repenting his misdeeds.
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O God, destroy the usurper, tyrant Jews, who have spread corruption, killed people, destroyed property, and displaced people.
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