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[ verb oh-ver-throh; noun oh-ver-throh ]

verb (used with object)

, o·ver·threw, o·ver·thrown, o·ver·throw·ing.
  1. to depose, as from a position of power; overcome, defeat, or vanquish:

    to overthrow a tyrant.

    Synonyms: overpower, conquer

  2. to put an end to by force, as a government or institution.
  3. to throw or knock down; overturn; topple:

    The heavy winds overthrew numerous telephone poles and trees.

  4. to knock down and demolish.

    Synonyms: level, raze, destroy

  5. to throw (something) too far.
  6. Baseball. (of a pitcher) to throw too hard, often affecting control or straining the arm.
  7. Archaic. to destroy the sound condition of (the mind).

verb (used without object)

, o·ver·threw, o·ver·thrown, o·ver·throw·ing.
  1. to throw too far:

    If I hadn't overthrown, it would have been a sure putout.


  1. the act of overthrowing; state or condition of being overthrown.
  2. deposition from power.
  3. defeat; destruction; ruin.

    Synonyms: fall



  1. tr to effect the downfall or destruction of (a ruler, institution, etc), esp by force
  2. tr to throw or turn over
  3. tr to throw (something, esp a ball) too far
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. an act of overthrowing
  2. downfall; destruction
  3. cricket
    1. a ball thrown back too far by a fielder
    2. a run scored because of this
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Other Words From

  • over·thrower noun
  • pre·over·throw noun
  • preo·ver·throw verb (used with object) preoverthrew preoverthrown preoverthrowing
  • uno·ver·thrown adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of overthrow1

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; over-, throw
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Example Sentences

Lebanese Hizbullah, for example, is fully aligned with the Islamic Republic’s vision, accepting of its absolute authority over the Shia world, and dedicated to the overthrow of its enemies in the West and in Israel.

From Time

Because they are now recognized as a party that has emboldened the overthrow of our constitutional government.

It’s because revolution means “an overthrow or complete replacement of an established system.”

Seditious language is typically understood as speech advocating the overthrow of the government, and 54 different SDPD officers handed out at least 82 tickets for it since 2013.

Generally, seditious language is language advocating for the overthrow of the government.

Why would the CIA work to overthrow the Ukrainian government?

Raila Odinga dismissed Kenyatta's claims that he is trying to overthrow the government.

Rocket teamed up with the Incredible Hulk to overthrow Judson Jakes, a devious mole.

So where do we go with all of this screen money, and is it really likely to overthrow our economic infrastructures anytime soon?

They approved the catastrophic overthrow for which we are still paying a high and clear price every day.

Distances were to him as nothing; and difficulties only stimulated him to give his adversaries a more signal overthrow.

Siyes desired a man who would overthrow the Directory and establish a dictatorship: Barras was coquetting with the Bourbons.

Scarcely a year passed in which his name was not connected with some conspiracy to overthrow the First Consul.

When one enemy of his kingdom appears, vows should be made to resist and overthrow his influence.

As for his killing you in cold blood, that thought comes from your excitement of the moment and your chagrin at your overthrow.