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Definitions for overthrow
ˌoʊ vərˈθroʊ; ˈoʊ vərˌθroʊover·throw

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overthrownoun

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

  2. upset, derangement, overthrowverb

    the act of disturbing the mind or body

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

  3. overthrow, subvert, overturn, bring downverb

    cause the downfall of; of rulers

    "The Czar was overthrown"; "subvert the ruling class"

  4. overrule, overturn, override, overthrow, reverseverb

    rule against

    "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"


  1. Overthrowverb

    (Baseball) To throw (a baseball) beyond; to throw too high and too far; to overshoot; as, the shortstop overthrew the first baseman.

  2. Overthrowverb

    To cause to fall or to fail; to subvert; to defeat; to make a ruin of; to destroy; as, to overthrow a government.


  1. overthrownoun

    A throw that goes too far.

    He overthrew first base, for an error.

  2. overthrownoun

    A run scored by the batting side when a fielder throws the ball back to the infield, whence it continues to the opposite outfield.

  3. overthrowverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Overthrownoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Of those christian oratories, the overthrow and ruin is desired, not by infidels, pagans, or Turks, but by a special refined sect of christian believers. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 17.

    They return again into Florida, to the murther and overthrow of their own countrymen. George Abbot.

    I serve my mortal foe,
    The man who caus’d my country’s overthrow. Dryden.

    From without came to mine eyes the blow,
    Whereto mine inward thoughts did faintly yield;
    Both these conspir’d poor reason’s overthrow;
    False in myself, thus have I lost the field. Philip Sidney.

    Quiet soul, depart;
    For I have seen our enemies overthrow. William Shakespeare.

    From these divers Scots feared more harm by victory than they found among their enemies by their overthrow. John Hayward.

    Poor Hannibal is maul’d,
    The theme is giv’n, and strait the council’s call’d,
    Whether he should to Rome directly go,
    To reap the fruit of the dire overthrow. Dryden.

    His overthrow heap’d happiness upon him;
    For then, and not ’till then he felt himself,
    And found the blessedness of being little. William Shakespeare.

  2. To OVERTHROWverb

    preter. overthrew; part. overthrown.

    Etymology: over and throw;

    Pittacus was a wise and valiant man, but his wife overthrew the table when he had invited his friends. Taylor.

    When the walls of Thebes he overthrew,
    His fatal hand my royal father slew. Dryden.

    Our endeavour is not so much to overthrow them with whom we contend, as to yield them just and reasonable causes. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 1.

    To Sujah next, your conquering army drew,
    Him they surpris’d, and easily o’erthrew. Dryden.

    She found means to have us accused to the king, as though we went about some practise to overthrow him in his own estate. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Here’s Glo’ster
    O’er-charging your free purses with large fines,
    That seeks to overthrow religion. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    Thou walkest in peril of thy overthrowing. Ecc. xiii. 13.

    God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness. Prov. xxi. 12.


  1. Overthrow

    Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change is a book published in 2006 by award-winning New York Times foreign correspondent and author Stephen Kinzer about the United States's involvement in the overthrow of foreign governments from the late 19th century to the present. His examples include mini-histories of the U.S.-sponsored or encouraged overthrow in Hawaii, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and the Central Intelligence Agency backed coups d'état in Nicaragua, Honduras, Iran, Guatemala, South Vietnam, Chile, Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Some examples used in the book refer to American support for local rebels against the existing national governments that lead to a change in power. For example, in 1898, the United States helped overthrow the government of Cuba by supporting local rebels who were already fighting their government. In other circumstances, such as in Iran, Guatemala and Chile, the United States initiated, planned and orchestrated the regime change.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overthrow

    ō-vėr-thrō′, v.t. to throw down: to upset: to bring to an end: to demolish: to defeat utterly.—ns. O′verthrow, act of overthrowing or state of being overthrown: ruin: defeat: a throwing of a ball beyond the player; O′verthrower.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. overthrow

    Total defeat; discomfiture; rout.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overthrow in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overthrow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of overthrow in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Franklin:

    In those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything his own. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.

  2. Peter Bergen:

    George W. Bush called 9/11 an act of war and as a result conducted an actual war or two, so given France's quite aggressive campaign in Mali against al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and given the fact that France was one of the leaders of the coalition to overthrow (the late Moammar) Gadhafi in Libya, it seems quite likely that France will respond aggressively.

  3. Zhou Shifeng:

    They actively enticed me, wanted to use us to continue to attack court trials, attack China's entire trial and judicial system, and bring trouble to the government. Their ultimate goal is to overthrow the Communist Party leadership.

  4. Human Rights Watch:

    Prosecutors presented no evidence other than testimony from a police major in the National Security Sector of the Interior Ministry to support their accusation that the defendants planned to use violence to overthrow the government.

  5. Michael Duffey:

    The radical left Democrats are trying to rip our nation apart, first it was the Russia hoax, total hoax. It was a failed overthrow attempt and the biggest fraud in the history of our country and then you look, the Mueller deal, you remember that mess ? They had nothing.

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    pose a threat to; present a danger to
    • A. jeopardize
    • B. fudge
    • C. obligate
    • D. conform

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