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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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The Usurper took a drink from a bottle of mineral water, taking cafe to choose an unopened one, and left without further ceremony.
Damascus, SANA_ Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed Friday that Israel is an usurper and occupier entity and the resistance is the sole choice for the restoration of rights and the liberation of land.
Rather like the princes in the Tower, they have been murdered at an all-too-tender age by that brute of a usurper 'premierisation'.
In a statement released earlier this week, the organisers urged people to show up en masse in order to send out the message that "the proud people of Cyprus do not submit and do not worship the invader and usurper of its land".
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The agony of Palestine is an old wound on the body of humanity," said the president, referring to the usurper regime as the "greatest deception and ugliest crime of the history.
When her father is murdered, a usurper takes to the throne and Torina is forced to flee and rely on both to save her kingdom.
A usurper abandons Temujin's fatherless family and moves the clan south.