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
Recent Examples on the Web Washington certainly has the talent to dethrone the Dodgers and sprint to the World Series. The Si Staff,, "MLB Postseason Predictions: Who's Going to Win the World Series?," 30 Sep. 2019 The Business Roundtable’s historic decision last month to dethrone shareholder primacy and elevate social goals continues to grab attention. David Meyer, Fortune, "Pepsi’s Responsibilities: CEO Daily," 24 Sep. 2019 One obstacle is the attempt to dethrone longtime rival and Rio Hondo League champion San Marino. Vincent Nguyenstaff Writer, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Girls’ Tennis Preview: La Cañada embraces new division hurdles," 4 Sep. 2019 After all, there is still an evil queen to dethrone. Caroline Tew,, "EW talks YA: One of our favorite teen tales of the year takes July's top spot," 2 Aug. 2019 Fischer, who had been playing sporadically throughout the 1960s and who seemed on the brink of quitting the game altogether, tore through the qualifying tournaments before dethroning Spassky in a 1972 match that riveted America. Peter Nicholas, The Atlantic, "The End of the Golden Era of Chess," 5 Sep. 2019 Most likely Matt Stonie, also from San Jose, who was the last man to dethrone Chestnut in 2015. Pueng Vongs, The Mercury News, "What time is Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest?," 3 July 2019 SportsPulse: What was once thought to be an impossible task is now reality: The Toronto Raptors have won the NBA Championship, dethroning the Warriors. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Raptors deserve celebration, but Warriors' injuries denied NBA fans classic Finals," 14 June 2019 While New England is banking on experience, a slew of AFC hopefuls are relying on youth to try and dethrone the defending champions. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "AFC Preview: Patriots still have Tom Brady, but conference could go through Chiefs or Chargers," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dethrone

1609, in the meaning defined above

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of dethrone was in 1609

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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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