de·​throne di-ˈthrōn How to pronounce dethrone (audio)
dethroned; dethroning; dethrones

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dethrone was in 1609

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“Dethrone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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de·​throne di-ˈthrōn How to pronounce dethrone (audio)
dethroned; dethroning
: to remove from a throne : depose
dethronement noun

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