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Usurp, 1) intr. to be in a place contrary to right: “if aught possess thee from me, it is dross, --ing ivy,” Err. II, 2, 180. “it mourns that painting and --ing hair should ravish doters,” LLL IV, 3, 259 (== false hair). “the treacherous feet which with --ing steps do trample thee,” R2 III, 2, 17. With on, == to enter on illegitimately, to encroach on, to intrude: “this sorrow is an enemy and would u. upon my watery eyes,” Tit. III, 1, 269. “thy natural magic . . . on wholesome life u. immediately,” Hml. III, 2, 271. “death may u. on nature many hours,” Per. III, 2, 82.
Especially == to hold regal power without right: As I, 2, 286. II, 1, 27. John II, 119. John II, 119 III, 1, 61: R2 III, 3, 81. H6A I, 3, 31. H6C I, 1, 81. H6C I, 1, 81 II, 2, 165. III, 3, 79. R3 V, 2, 7. V, 3, 112. H8 II, 1, 108.
2) trans. to seize or take or assume falsely or against right: “a sudden pale --s her cheek,” Ven. 591. sweating lust --ed his (love's) “name,” Ven. 591 “thou doest here u. the name thou owest not,” Tp. I, 2, 453. “to steal from the state and u. the beggary he was never born to,” Meas. III, 2, 99. “the boy will well u. the grace, voice, gait and action of a gentlewoman,” Shr. Ind. 1, 131 (== counterfeit). “--ing his spurs so long,” All's IV, 3, 119. “are you the lady of the house? If I do not u. myself, I am,” Tw. I, 5, 198. Tw. I, 5, 198 “my masculine --ed attire,” V, 257. R2 IV, 257. V, 5, 89. H6A IV, 1, 40. H6C II, 2, 12. R3 I, 3, 173. IV, 4, 27. Hml. I, 1, 46. Lr. IV, 2, 28. V, 3, 317. Oth. I, 3, 346 (an --ed beard == a false beard).
Especially applied to regal rights: John II, 118. John II, 118 III, 1, 160. R2 V, 1, 65. H5 I, 2, 69. 95 (--ed from you; cf. “From).” H6A V, 4, 151. H6B I, 1, 244. H6C I, 1, 23. I, 2, 25. III, 3, 28. IV, 7, 66. V, 4, 77. V, 5, 37. V, 6, 73. R3 IV, 4, 109. R3 IV, 4, 109 R3 IV, 4, 109 R3 IV, 4, 109 V, 5, 4.
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