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usurp

verb

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to take or make use of under a guise of authority but without actual right
  • the mayor usurped the school board's authority when he fired the principal

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“Usurp.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/usurp. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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