Usurp vs Misappropriate - What's the difference?

usurp | misappropriate |


As verbs the difference between usurp and misappropriate

is that usurp is to seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means while misappropriate is to use something wrongly, or illegally.

usurp

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means.
  • To use and assume the coat of arms of another person.
  • (obsolete) To make use of.
  • * 1662 , , Appendix, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 149:
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    misappropriate

    English

    Verb

    (misappropriat)
  • To use something wrongly, or illegally
  • To embezzle
  • Synonyms

    (use wrongly) * misuse (embezzle) * defalcate * embezzle * peculate