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 \ -​mənt How to pronounce dethronement (audio) \ 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 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 There are several powerhouse teams looking to repeat as state champions, but the competition is strong in each of seven classifications as challengers try to dethrone favorites., "Dynasties at stake in 2018 state duals," 14 Jan. 2018 But research from global research company Euromonitor International shows a fascinating new trend: China will likely dethrone the European nation to become the world's top tourist destination by 2030. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "China Will Be the World's Most Popular Tourist Destination by 2030," 7 Nov. 2018 After a frenzied first few days of free agency, where there were over a $1 billion in contract agreed to, there is some clarity going into the summer as teams shed salary and attempt to boost their chances to dethrone the Golden State Warriors. Scooby Axson,, "NBA Free Agency Rumors: Spurs Set Price For Kawhi Leonard," 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 How to pronounce dethrone (audio) \
dethroned; dethroning

Kids Definition of dethrone

: to remove (a king or queen) from power

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