de·​throne | \ di-ˈthrōn How to pronounce dethrone (audio) , 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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dethronement \ di-​ˈthrōn-​mənt How to pronounce dethronement (audio) , dē-​ \ noun
dethroner noun

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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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First Known Use of dethrone

1609, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2020

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“Dethrone.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce dethrone (audio) \
dethroned; dethroning

Kids Definition of dethrone

: to remove (a king or queen) from power

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