To overthrow something is to remove it from power. Sometimes this is done forcibly, while other times it is done democratically.

  • The government was overthrown by a military coup.

  • The new president was elected through a democratic process.

Definition of overthrown


To bring about the downfall of (a government, etc.), especially by force.


To throw down to the ground, to overturn.


To throw (something) so that it goes too far.

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Example Sentences for overthrown

  • 1

    It predicts the overthrow of the establishment.

  • 2

    This led to the easy overthrow of the regime.

  • 3

    Seditious speech is directed at the overthrow of government.

  • 4

    The prize was control of the king, not the overthrow of the king.

  • 5

    Because Morgan maintained that the U.S. was blameless in the overthrow.

  • 6

    By the overthrow of the monarchy in 1958, he was deeply unpopular.

  • 7

    Seditious speech is speech directed at the overthrow of government.

  • 8

    The samurai also plotted to overthrow the government of the shogun.

  • 9

    The title was abolished after the overthrow of the Monarchy in 1910.

  • 10

    The topic of both is the humbling or overthrow of the pagan kingdom.