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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Other Words from dethrone

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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As the man that dethroned McGregor, Nurmagomedov has rightly become UFC's biggest star. Allen Kim, CNN, "Khabib Nurmagomedov will make at least $6 million in his first UFC fight since the Conor McGregor brawl," 5 Sep. 2019 Frashure’s catch has dethroned Jeff Wright’s three-week-old state Atlantic Division record for common dolphinfish, which was 72.8 pounds. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Baltimore-area coaches added to George Washington women’s lacrosse staff; Pat Spencer sparkles in basketball exhibition game in Europe," 20 Aug. 2019 Surveys suggest that visiting landmarks and shopping have been dethroned as top reasons for travelling. The Economist, "What slumping demand for cruises says about Chinese tourists," 8 June 2019 Tyronn Lue, Blatt’s top assistant, took over and led the Cavs back to the NBA Finals, dethroning the Warriors and winning the franchise’s first championship in historic fashion. Chris Fedor,, "Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt diagnosed with multiple sclerosis," 19 Aug. 2019 Shaping Pull-on Jeans have claimed the number one best-selling spot in the women’s jeans category with over 1,600 five-star reviews — dethroning Signature Levi’s previous best-seller, the Modern Skinny Jeans. Christina Butan,, "Amazon Shoppers Are Replacing Their Denim With These Ultra Comfy and Flattering Pull-on Jeans," 5 Aug. 2019 Libya has been torn apart by violence since long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was dethroned and killed in 2011. Fox News, "French missiles found on rogue Libyan general’s base," 10 July 2019 The documentary shows the rivalry between the six-time champion and the current 11-time champion Joey Chestnut, who dethroned Kobayashi in 2007. John Carucci, Houston Chronicle, "ESPN takes a gulp of competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi in new film," 3 July 2019 This effort would lead to the creation of Mozilla and its Firefox browser, one of the best alternatives to Google Chrome, the browser that would dethrone Internet Explorer in 2016. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Later, Navigator: How Netscape Won and Then Lost the World Wide Web," 4 Apr. 2019

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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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