1. remove a monarch from the throne
; - Example: "If the King does not abdicate, he will have to be dethroned"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
dethrone \de*throne"\ (d[-e]*thr[=o]n"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Dethroned (d[-e]*thr[=o]nd"); p. pr. & vb. n.
Dethroning.] [Pref. de- + throne: cf. F. d['e]tr[^o]ner;
pref. d['e]- (L. dis-) + tr[^o]ne throne. See Throne.]
To remove or drive from a throne; to depose; to divest of
supreme authority and dignity. "The Protector was dethroned."
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: remove a monarch from the throne; "If the King does not
abdicate, he will have to be dethroned" [ant: enthrone,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
37 Moby Thesaurus words for "dethrone":
break, bust, cashier, deconsecrate, defrock, depose, disbar,
discrown, disenthrone, dismiss, displace, drum out, excommunicate,
expel, give the gate, kick upstairs, liquidate, oust, overthrow,
pension, pension off, purge, read out of, remove,
remove from office, retire, strip of office, strip of rank,
superannuate, suspend, unchurch, uncrown, unfrock, unmake,
unsaddle, unseat, unthrone