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u·sur·pa·tion

(yū'sŭr-pā'shŭn),
Assumption of pacemaker function of the heart by a subsidiary focus as a result of its own increased automaticity; for example, accelerated junctional pacemaker takes command when it exceeds the sinus rate.
[L. usurpo, pp. -atus, to seize]
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Earlier in July, the apex court in its verdict on the Fifth Amendment said, "The perpetrators of such illegalities should also be suitably punished and condemned so that in future no adventurist, no usurper, would dare to defy the people, their constitution, their government, established by them with their consent.
It seems that the Usurper chose to take Boehlmer's costume with him so that, in the event that the latter was soon freed, he would not be able to rush immediately out onstage.
Now, I have no interest in ever being associated with it again, which is why you can understand my complete aghast at the revelation that an usurper from the East has a legitimate chance to invade the Rose Bowl.
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.
All ends happilly, with the double-dyed villain (not the usurping king, but his henchman) dead mad the usurper repenting his misdeeds.
As Daniel explained to David Toop in a recent issue of The Wire, "The [album] title is meant to suture the English Civil War of 1640 with the American Civil War of 1865 with the domestic civil war between us as boyfriends and bandmates with the current civil war in America between those who support Bush and those who despise him as the spineless usurper that he is.
O God, destroy the usurper, tyrant Jews, who have spread corruption, killed people, destroyed property, and displaced people.
The Usurper relates the story of Jorgen Jorgenson's strange and turbulent life.
Saddam Hussein tells visiting OPEC President Chakib Khelil of Algeria he would like to fight personally alongside Palestinians against the "criminal and usurper Jews" of Israel.
Woodhull became a text that was read, and her contemporaries interpreted her variously, as a usurper of masculine space, dress, and behavior, as a symbol of a coming apocalypse, and as an embodiment of the promise of a new progressive age.
Who cannot see an ersatz share-holder value-swashbuckler in his rendering of that cunning, treacherous usurper, who, in a stage aside, delivers his soliloquy: "Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous, by drunken prophecies, libels and dreams, to set my brother Clarence and the king.
He received adulation "like a Roman emperor" and contested LBJ as a usurper of his place.