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

Examples from the Web for dethronement

Historical Examples of dethronement

  • But did not America acquiesce in the dethronement of the Stuarts?

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • It is the act of abdication, George—the moment of dethronement, that I could not face.

  • That act of enthroning Him carries with it the dethronement of self.

  • So there had to be a dethronement as well as an enthronement.

  • It is the dethronement of will and the deposition of manhood.

    Practical Ethics

    William DeWitt Hyde

British Dictionary definitions for dethronement



(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 dethronement



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

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