verb (used with object), de·throned, de·thron·ing.

to remove from a throne; depose.
to remove from any position of power or authority.

Origin of dethrone

First recorded in 1600–10; de- + throne
Related formsde·throne·ment, nounde·thron·er, nounun·de·throned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for dethrone

depose, dismiss, displace, degrade, unmake, discrown, uncrown

Examples from the Web for dethrone

Contemporary Examples of dethrone

  • That project, of course, failed to get much of an audience, or to dethrone Limbaugh.

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    Happy Huckabee Gets Mad

    David Freedlander

    May 6, 2014

  • I expect the acrimony and sexualized slander to reach a new pitch next year in an attempt to dethrone Palin.

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    Stop Calling Them Sluts

    Mark McKinnon

    November 1, 2010

  • Three strong contenders each hoped to dethrone the Senate majority leader, the ultimate Washington insider.

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    Women Rule Primary Night

    Mark McKinnon

    June 9, 2010

Historical Examples of dethrone

British Dictionary definitions for dethrone



(tr) to remove from a throne or deprive of any high position or title; deposethe champion was dethroned by a young boxer
Derived Formsdethronement, noundethroner, noun
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Word Origin and History for dethrone

c.1600; see de- (privative) + throne. Related: Dethroned; dethroning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper