en·​throne | \ in-ˈthrōn How to pronounce enthrone (audio) , en-\
enthroned; enthroning; enthrones

Definition of enthrone

transitive verb

1a : to seat in a place associated with a position of authority or influence
b : to seat ceremonially on a throne
2 : to assign supreme virtue or value to : exalt

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enthronement \ in-​ˈthrōn-​mənt How to pronounce enthronement (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Examples of enthrone in a Sentence

the literary world has enthroned Shakespeare for so long that his preeminence among writers seems unassailable

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Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Wealthy should thank the poor for Republican tax cuts," 22 Aug. 2019 The spectacular folio on the left shows Christ in majesty, enthroned in an abstract eternity of glistening, polished gold. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Unicorns are just one of the wild rides in the Getty’s marvelous ‘Book of Beasts’," 23 July 2019 Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, 51, a native of Istanbul and a longtime theology professor in Greece, was enthroned as archbishop in an elaborate ceremony at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan. Washington Post, "Greek Orthodox church in US gets 1st new leader in 20 years," 22 June 2019 Inside the gendarmerie station, Javed was met by the commander—an aristocratic-looking man with a powerful jaw—in full military uniform, enthroned behind a big wooden desk. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 In the central niche are the remains of a fresco depicting Christ enthroned between angels. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Egypt," 5 Oct. 2016 The Chinese model, with its newly enthroned president for life, has the same appeal as Mussolini’s efficient and short-term effective management of the Italian economy combined with the same national glory the Chinese are currently pursuing. WSJ, "Examining China’s Challenge to Democracy," 4 May 2018 Ngugi does not wish to enthrone his experience as unique. Ariel Dorfman, New York Times, "A Kenyan Writer and Dissident on His Year in Prison," 27 Apr. 2018 Symeonides was enthroned March 17 as Metropolis of Chicago. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Leader seeks Holy Week forgiveness for betrayed Greek Orthodox church in Wisconsin," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of enthrone

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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English Language Learners Definition of enthrone

: to make (someone) a king, queen, bishop, etc., in a formal ceremony


en·​throne | \ in-ˈthrōn How to pronounce enthrone (audio) \
enthroned; enthroning

Kids Definition of enthrone

1 : to place on a throne enthrone a king
2 : to seat or put in a place to indicate authority or value The trophy was enthroned on his bookcase.

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to make a temporary encampment

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