AskDefine | Define overthrow

Dictionary Definition



1 the termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force)
2 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" [syn: upset, derangement]


1 cause the downfall of; of rulers; "The Czar was overthrown"; "subvert the ruling class" [syn: subvert, overturn, bring down]
2 rule against; "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill" [syn: overrule, overturn, override, reverse] [also: overthrown, overthrew]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • US /ovəɻ'θɻɔʊ/


  1. To bring about the downfall of a government etc., especially by force.
    I hate the current government, but not enough to want to overthrow them.


Derived terms


  1. The downfall of a government etc., by force.
  2. The act of a fielder throwing the ball back to the infield, where it is not gathered and continues to the opposite outfield; a run scored by the batting side while this happens.



Extensive Definition

Overthrow may refer to:
  • Overthrow, a change in government, often achieved by force or through a coup.
    • The 5th October Overthrow, or Bulldozer Revolution, the events of 2000 that led to the downfall of Slobodan Milošević in the former Yugoslavia.
    • Overthrow of the Hawai'ian Monarchy, the 1893 coup d'état by European and American businessmen that overthrew Queen Lili`uokalani of Hawai'i.
  • Overthrow (book), a book by Stephen Kinzer released in 2006 about the United States's involvement in overthrowing governments.
  • Overthrow (cricket), an extra run scored by a batsman as a result of the ball not being collected by a fielder in the centre, having been thrown in from the outfield.
  • Overthrow (structure), the crowning section of ornamental wrought iron work which forms a decorative crest above a wrought iron gate.
  • Overthrow (comics), a relatively obscure DC Comics supervillain who fought the Blue Beetle.
  • Overthrow (band), Reggae/Punk/Rock Band from London UK

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