de·throne | \ di-ˈthrōn , dē- \

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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The movie, set in the fictional African country of Wakanda, is now the third highest-grossing film in North American cinematic history, having dethroned Titanic earlier this month. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "It's Not Just Black Panther. Afrofuturism Is Having a Moment," 20 Apr. 2018 That happened Sunday when the Eagles did the unthinkable, dethroning the New England Patriots 41-33 in Minneapolis. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The Eagles head coach holds a special spot in Dolphins history," 5 Feb. 2018 Xavier did the same, putting a hole-in-one to clinch the victory among wrestlers, including dethroning Eli Drake of the title. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Impact Wrestling conducts different type of fun, interactive events for fans," 29 May 2018 Philly won the series 4-1, dethroning the eight-time defending NBA champions. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers coach Brett Brown 'can't wait' to be part of the Sixers-Celtics rivalry," 29 Apr. 2018 In this year's survey, Wawa moved up four slots to take the lead, dethroning Firehouse Subs to the second slot. Doreen Christensen,, "Wawa is the No. 1 sandwich shop, survey says," 27 Apr. 2018 Not even the Houston Rockets, who were built to beat the Warriors, could dethrone them. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Here are the winners (and losers) after LeBron James' Lakers contract," 2 July 2018 Unfortunately, his poor defense also makes him effectively unplayable against the Warriors, the very team the Rockets have aimed to dethrone. Rob Mahoney,, "NBA Free Agency 2018: Under-the-Radar Grades," 4 July 2018 As currently constituted, these Lakers are an odd bunch, in no position to dethrone the Warriors. Jason Gay, WSJ, "It’s La-La Land for LeBron James," 2 July 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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