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OVERTHROW (overthrew, overthrown)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does overthrow mean? 

OVERTHROW (noun)
  The noun OVERTHROW has 2 senses:

1. the termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force)
2. the act of disturbing the mind or body

  Familiarity information: OVERTHROW used as a noun is rare.


OVERTHROW (verb)
  The verb OVERTHROW has 2 senses:

1. cause the downfall of; of rulers
2. rule against

  Familiarity information: OVERTHROW used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OVERTHROW (noun)


Sense 1overthrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("overthrow" is a kind of...):

conclusion; ending; termination (the act of ending something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "overthrow"):

subversion; subversive activity (the act of subverting; as overthrowing or destroying a legally constituted government)


Sense 2overthrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of disturbing the mind or body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

derangement; overthrow; upset

Context examples:

his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset / she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living

Hypernyms ("overthrow" is a kind of...):

disturbance (the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion)


OVERTHROW (verb)


Sense 1overthrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause the downfall of; of rulers

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

overthrow; subvert; bring down; overturn

Context examples:

The Czar was overthrown / subvert the ruling class

Hypernyms (to "overthrow" is one way to...):

depose; force out (force to leave (an office))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "overthrow"):

revolutionize (overthrow by a revolution, of governments)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2overthrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rule against

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

override; overrule; overthrow; overturn; reverse

Context example:

The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill

Hypernyms (to "overthrow" is one way to...):

decree; rule (decide with authority)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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