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

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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In 1964, other Saudi royals dethroned Prince Mohammed’s uncle, King Saud, who had bankrupted the kingdom and sparked infighting within the royal family. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Rethinking Saudi Arabia," 30 Nov. 2018 The Rockets certainly had a chance to dethrone Golden State. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Rockets May Not Get A Better Chance to Beat the Warriors," 29 May 2018 A month after the Seattle area was dethroned as the hottest housing market in the country, the local housing market is cooling again – but the outer reaches of the metro area remain competitive. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "As Seattle home prices dip, outer reaches of metro area still humming along," 25 Sep. 2018 There are several powerhouse teams looking to repeat as state champions, but the competition is strong in each of seven classifications as challengers try to dethrone favorites., "Dynasties at stake in 2018 state duals," 14 Jan. 2018 But research from global research company Euromonitor International shows a fascinating new trend: China will likely dethrone the European nation to become the world's top tourist destination by 2030. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "China Will Be the World's Most Popular Tourist Destination by 2030," 7 Nov. 2018 After a frenzied first few days of free agency, where there were over a $1 billion in contract agreed to, there is some clarity going into the summer as teams shed salary and attempt to boost their chances to dethrone the Golden State Warriors. Scooby Axson,, "NBA Free Agency Rumors: Spurs Set Price For Kawhi Leonard," 2 July 2018 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

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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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