• WordNet 3.6
    • n dethronement the act of deposing someone; removing a powerful person from a position or office
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every queen named Jane has either been murdered, imprisoned, gone mad, died young, or been dethroned.
    • n dethronement Deposal from a throne; deposition from regal power.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dethronement Removal from a throne; deposition of a king, an emperor, or any supreme ruler.
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  • Thomas Traherne
    “I will not by the noise of bloody wars and the dethroning of kings advance you to glory: but by the gentle ways of peace and love.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. détrônement,


In literature:

No town bully is dethroned without his hating the object of his humiliation.
"The Chums of Scranton High" by Donald Ferguson
From this position, however, she was suddenly dethroned.
"Polly" by L. T. Meade
Only he was haughty and ambitious, and tried to rival and dethrone the Almighty.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
The Queen at first struggled on against this dethronement; fortified herself in Alemquer, and sent for help from her old home in Aragon.
"Prince Henry the Navigator, the Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery, 1394-1460 A.D." by C. Raymond Beazley
You'll never win 'em over to your side, and be able to lead a mutiny which will dethrone me, and put you in command.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The last years of Voltaire's life were therefore consecrated to an endeavour to dethrone the idol which his own hands had set up.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
The intention of the conspirators was not only to kill the Englishman, but to dethrone the rajah, and install his brother in his place.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
He made me think of a king who'd been dethroned, an outsider, a man without a home.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
Little could Napoleon have dreamed that they, who helped to dethrone him, would come back, a century later, as France's allies.
"Italy at War and the Allies in the West" by E. Alexander Powell
Abdul Hamid was dethroned; his brother, a puppet, was exalted, anointed, and enthroned.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers

In poetry:

Kings! whence came your right to reign?
Ye shall be dethroned again.
Yet for this, your one brief hour,
Wield your mockery of power.
"Vanity of Vanities" by Robert Fuller Murray
Oh, Night's dethroned and crownless queen!
Well may thy sad, expiring ray
Be shed on those whose eyes have seen
Hope's glorious visions fade away.
"The Waning Moon" by William Cullen Bryant
Hast thou come back, my Shakspeare! bard,
Who didst dethrone and drive away those others,
From cold Parnassus, fate that seem'd too hard,
To be inflicted on thy gentle brothers.
"To My Copy Of Shakspeare Which Had Been Lost" by James Avis Bartley
Sultry the day, and gold was the hair, and golden
The mist that blinded my soul away from me.
Dethroned for a dream, for a gleam, for a glance, for a color,
How could the crownèd be?
"Guinevere" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
``Your heart's queen, you dethrone her?
``So should I!''—-cried the King—-``'twas mere vanity,
``Not love, set that task to humanity!''
Lords and ladies alike turned with loathing
From such a proved wolf in sheep's clothing.
"The Glove" by Robert Browning
No wiser we than men of heretofore
To find thy sacred fountains guarded fast;
Enough, thy flood makes green our human shore,
As Nilus Egypt, rolling down his vast
His fertile flood, that murmurs evermore
Of gods dethroned, and empires in the past.
"Homer" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Dethroned from the planetary pantheon, the dwarf world may still reign — well, co-reign — as King of the Comet Belt.
'King' dethrones our fealty to easy money.
Mars dethrones king-sized chocolate bars.
Can 'Project Natal ' Dethrone Nintendo.
Ossuary Dethroned July 24, 2003.
Blogs may have dethroned zines as the immediate outlet of choice for writers, but Petals and Bones zinemakers and Bohemian contributors Leilani Clark and Dani Burlison aren't so sure.
In fact, Shogun has already pegged the man to dethrone Jones: Lyoto Machida.
Rather than prioritizing petrol, Washington targeted terrorist organizations, dethroned a dictator, and lobbied throughout the region for liberalization.
Oprah and Martha, Queens of Daytime Empowerment, Unceremoniously Dethroned.
Sir James Dyson, creator of the Dyson vacuum cleaner, tells Rebecca Jarvis that digital startups will never dethrone companies that make physical products.
Film that dethroned 'Kane' up for viewers' appraisal .
Elizabeth Taylor dethrones Michael Jackson on Forbes' Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list.
For years tech pundits have been searching for an "iPhone" killer -- a mythical new device that would dethrone Apple's mighty handset as the most admired or popular smartphone.
LONDON — James Bond rules the box office — though he has failed to dethrone Harry Potter.
James Bond rules the box office overseas -- though he has failed to dethrone Harry Potter.