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

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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His relentless tunnel vision has fostered a culture that has survived nearly two decades of roster churn, the scandals of SpyGate and DeflateGate, and an industry desperate to dethrone him. Andy Mccullough,, "No Patriot games for coach Bill Belichick, whose voice continues to set the tone for championships," 19 Jan. 2018 But Justin Bieber's not ready to be dethroned, yet. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Are Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber Friends? Here’s All The Drama That’s Gone Down Between Them," 8 Apr. 2019 Be King of the NBA again by dethroning Golden State. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "LeBron is accepting a huge challenge by joining Lakers. That's good for him — and NBA," 2 July 2018 The bucket hat has dethroned the fedora as the chapeau du jour. Max Berlinger, The Seattle Times, "Move over fedora, the bucket hat is back," 16 Aug. 2018 And none of them came as tantalizingly close to dethroning the Warriors than last season’s Rockets. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Houston Rockets Have a Warriors Hangover," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce dethrone (audio) \
dethroned; dethroning

Kids Definition of dethrone

: to remove (a king or queen) from power

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