de·​throne | \di-ˈthrōn, dē-\

Definition of dethrone 

transitive verb

: to remove from a throne or place of power or prominence dethrone a king trying to dethrone the champion

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Other Words from dethrone

dethronement \ -​mənt \ noun
dethroner noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dethrone


defrock, depose, deprive, displace, oust, uncrown, unmake, unseat, unthrone


crown, enthrone, throne

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Examples of dethrone in a Sentence

the nation's last monarch was dethroned in a popular uprising many years ago

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Then, it was revealed that the show is on track to dethrone ER as the longest-running medical drama of all time. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Season 15 of 'Grey's Anatomy'," 8 Aug. 2018 The kings of European soccer will be crowned Saturday as upstart Liverpool looks to dethrone defending champ Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final to be played in Kiev, Ukraine. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Liverpool, Real Madrid set to clash in Champions League title game," 26 May 2018 Antonio Conte says Manchester City could dominate English football for years after Pep Guardiola's side dethroned Chelsea as Premier League champions. Afp,, "Conte: Manchester City 'can continue to dominate' in Premier League, Europe," 18 Apr. 2018 The movie, set in the fictional African country of Wakanda, is now the third highest-grossing film in North American cinematic history, having dethroned Titanic earlier this month. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "It's Not Just Black Panther. Afrofuturism Is Having a Moment," 20 Apr. 2018 That happened Sunday when the Eagles did the unthinkable, dethroning the New England Patriots 41-33 in Minneapolis. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The Eagles head coach holds a special spot in Dolphins history," 5 Feb. 2018 Xavier did the same, putting a hole-in-one to clinch the victory among wrestlers, including dethroning Eli Drake of the title. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Impact Wrestling conducts different type of fun, interactive events for fans," 29 May 2018 Philly won the series 4-1, dethroning the eight-time defending NBA champions. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers coach Brett Brown 'can't wait' to be part of the Sixers-Celtics rivalry," 29 Apr. 2018 In this year's survey, Wawa moved up four slots to take the lead, dethroning Firehouse Subs to the second slot. Doreen Christensen,, "Wawa is the No. 1 sandwich shop, survey says," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dethrone

1609, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dethrone

: to take away the power and authority of (a king or queen) : to remove (a king or queen) from power


de·​throne | \di-ˈthrōn \
dethroned; dethroning

Kids Definition of dethrone

: to remove (a king or queen) from power

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