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Noun, Verb (transitive)


Noun overthrow has 2 senses

Verb overthrow has 2 senses


overthrowv. t. 
  •  To throw over; to overturn; to upset; to turn upside down.  [1913 Webster]
    "His wife overthrew the table."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To cause to fall or to fail; to subvert; to defeat; to make a ruin of; to destroy; as, to overthrow a government.  [1913 Webster]
    "When the walls of Thebes he overthrew."  [1913 Webster]
    "[Gloucester] that seeks to overthrow religion."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To throw (a baseball) beyond; to throw too high and too far; to overshoot{1}; as, the shortstop overthrew the first baseman.  [PJC]
Syn. -- To demolish; overturn; prostrate; destroy; ruin; subvert; overcome; conquer; defeat; discomfit; vanquish; beat; rout.
  •  The act of overthrowing; the state of being overthrown; ruin.  [1913 Webster]
    "Your sudden overthrow much rueth me."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The act of throwing a ball too high, as over a player's head.  [1913 Webster]


overthrow, v. & n.
--v.tr. (past -threw; past part. -thrown)
1 remove forcibly from power.
2 put an end to (an institution etc.).
3 conquer, overcome.
4 knock down, upset.
1 a defeat or downfall.
2 Cricket a a fielder's return of the ball, not stopped near the wicket and so allowing further runs. b such a run.
3 Archit. a panel of decorated wrought-iron work in an arch or gateway.



Waterloo, about-face, accommodate, accommodation, adapt, adaptation, adjust, adjustment, alter, alteration, ameliorate, amelioration, answer, answer conclusively, apoplexy, apostasy, argue down, arise, beat, beating, best, better, betterment, bloodless revolution, bouleversement, break, break up, breakdown, breakup, bring down, bust, capsizal, capsize, careen, cashier, cashiering, cataclysm, catastrophe, change, change of heart, changeableness, clean slate, clean sweep, climax, collapse, complete answer, computer revolution, confound, confounding, confutation, confute, conquer, conquering, conquest, constructive change, continuity, contradict, contradiction, controversion, controvert, conversion, convert, convulsion, counterrevolution, crash, crush, crushing, culbute, culbuter, deathblow, debacle, deck, deconsecrate, deconsecration, defeasance, defeat, defection, deform, defrock, defrocking, degeneration, degenerative change, demolish, demolition, denature, denial, deny, deposal, depose, deposing, deposition, deprivation, destroy, destruction, deterioration, dethrone, dethronement, deviation, diastrophism, difference, disaster, disbar, disbarment, disbarring, discontinuity, discrediting, discrown, discrownment, disenthrone, disenthronement, dismiss, dismissal, displace, displacement, dispose of, divergence, diversification, diversify, diversion, diversity, downcast, downfall, downthrow, drubbing, drum out, effective rejoinder, end, excommunicate, excommunication, expel, expulsion, failure, fall, finish, firing, fit, fitting, flip-flop, floor, forced resignation, give the gate, gradual change, hiding, honeycomb, impeachment, improve, improvement, insurge, insurrect, keel over, kick upstairs, kicking upstairs, knock over, lambasting, lathering, licking, liquidate, liquidation, master, mastery, meliorate, melioration, mitigate, mitigation, modification, modify, modulate, modulation, mount the barricades, mutate, mutineer, mutiny, nonplus, oust, ouster, ousting, overcome, overcoming, overmaster, overmatch, overpower, overset, overthrowal, overturn, overturning, overwhelm, palace revolution, paroxysm, parry, pension, pension off, pensioning off, precipitation, prostration, purge, put to silence, quake, qualification, qualify, quashing, quietus, radical change, re-create, re-creation, read out of, realign, realignment, rebel, rebuild, rebut, rebuttal, reconstruct, redesign, reduce to silence, refit, reform, reformation, refutal, refutation, refute, reluct, reluctate, remake, remaking, removal, remove, remove from office, renew, renewal, reshape, reshaping, restructure, restructuring, retire, retirement, revamp, reversal, revival, revive, revivification, revolt, revolute, revolution, revolutionary war, revolutionize, revulsion, ring the changes, riot, rise, rise up, rout, ruin, run riot, sabotage, sap, sap the foundations, send flying, settle, shellacking, shift, shift the scene, shuffle the cards, shut up, silence, smash, smash all opposition, somersault, somerset, spasm, spill, squash, squelch, strike, striking alteration, strip of office, strip of rank, stroke, subdual, subduing, subjugation, subversion, subvert, sudden change, superannuate, superannuation, suppression, surmount, suspend, suspension, sweeping change, switch, tabula rasa, technological revolution, temblor, thrash, thrashing, throw down, throw over, tidal wave, tip over, topple, topple over, toppling, topsy-turvify, topsy-turvy, total change, transilience, transition, trimming, trip, trip up, trouncing, tsunami, tumble, turn, turn a somersault, turn over, turn the scale, turn the tables, turn the tide, turn topsy-turvy, turn turtle, turn upside down, turnabout, turnover, unchurch, unchurching, undermine, undermining, undoing, unfrock, unfrocking, unhorse, unsaddle, unseat, unseating, unthrone, upend, upheaval, upset, upsetting, upturn, vanquishment, variation, variety, vary, violent change, weaken, whipping, work a change, worsen, worsening, worst




VB succeed, be successful, gain one's end, gain one's ends, crown with success, gain a point, attain a point, carry a point, secure a point, win a point, win an object, get there, manage to, contrive to, accomplish, do wonders, work wonders, make a go of it, come off well, come off successful, come off with flying colors, make short work of, take by storm, carry by storm, bear away the bell, win one's wings, win one's spurs, win the battle, win the day, carry the day, gain the day, gain the prize, gain the palm, have the best of it, have it all one's own way, have the game in one's owns hands, have the ball at one's feet, have one on the hop, walk over the course, carry all before one, remain in possession of the field, score a success, speed, make progress, win one's way, make one's way, work one's way, find one's way, strive to some purpose, prosper, drive a roaring trade, make profit, reap the fruits, gather the fruits, reap the benefit of, reap the harvest, strike oil, gain a windfall, make one's fortune, get in the harvest, turn to good account, turn to account, triumph, be triumphant, gain a victory, obtain a victory, gain an advantage, chain victory to one's car, nail a coonskin to the wall, surmount a difficulty, overcome a difficulty, get over a difficulty, get over an obstacle, se tirer d'affaire, make head against, stem the torrent, stem the tide, stem the current, weather the storm, weather a point, turn a corner, keep one's head above water, tide over, master, get the better of, have the better of, gain the better of, gain the best of, gain the upper hand, gain the ascendancy, gain the whip hand, gain the start of, distance, surpass, defeat, conquer, vanquish, discomfit, euchre, overcome, overthrow, overpower, overmaster, overmatch, overset, override, overreach, outwit, outdo, outflank, outmaneuver, outgeneral, outvote, take the wind out of one's adversary's sails, beat, beat hollow, rout, lick, drub, floor, worst, put down, put to flight, put to the rout, put hors de combat, put out of court, silence, quell, nonsuit, checkmate, upset, confound, nonplus, stalemate, trump, baffle, circumvent, elude, trip up, trip up the heels of, drive into a corner, drive to the wall, run hard, put one's nose out of joint, settle, do for, break the neck of, break the back of, capsize, sink, shipwreck, drown, swamp, subdue, subjugate, reduce, make the enemy bite the dust, victimize, roll in the dust, trample under foot, put an extinguisher upon, answer, answer the purpose, avail, prevail, take effect, do, turn out well, work well, take, tell, bear fruit, hit it, hit the mark, hit the right nail on the head, nick it, turn up trumps, make a hit, find one's account in.


N failure, nonsuccess, nonfulfillment, dead failure, successlessness, abortion, miscarriage, brutum fulmen, labor in vain, no go, inefficacy, inefficaciousness, vain attempt, ineffectual attempt, abortive attempt, abortive efforts, flash in the pan, lame and impotent conclusion, frustration, slip 'twixt cup and lip, blunder, fault, omission, miss, oversight, slip, trip, stumble, claudication, footfall, false step, wrong step, faux pas, titubation, b_evue, faute, lurch, botchery, scrape, mess, fiasco, breakdown, flunk, mishap, split, collapse, smash, blow, explosion, repulse, rebuff, defeat, rout, overthrow, discomfiture, beating, drubbing, quietus, nonsuit, subjugation, checkmate, stalemate, fool's mate, fall, downfall, ruin, perdition, wreck, deathblow, bankruptcy, losing game, affaire flamb_ee, victim, bankrupt, flunker, flunky, unsuccessful, successless, failing, tripping, at fault, unfortunate, abortive, addle, stillborn, fruitless, bootless, ineffectual, ineffective, inconsequential, trifling, nugatory, inefficient, insufficient, unavailing, of no effect, aground, grounded, swamped, stranded, cast away, wrecked, foundered, capsized, shipwrecked, nonsuited, foiled, defeated, struck down, borne down, broken down, downtrodden, overborne, overwhelmed, all up with, ploughed, plowed, plucked, lost, undone, ruined, broken, bankrupt, played out, done up, done for, dead beat, ruined root and branch, flambe, knocked on the head, destroyed, frustrated, crossed, unhinged, disconcerted dashed, thrown off one's balance, thrown on one's back, thrown on one's beam ends, unhorsed, in a sorry plight, hard hit, stultified, befooled, dished, hoist on one's own petard, victimized, sacrificed, wide of the mark, out of one's reckoning, left in the lurch, thrown away, unattained, uncompleted, unsuccessfully, to little or no purpose, in vain, re infecta, the bubble has burst, the jig is up, the game is up, all is lost, the devil to pay, parturiunt montes, dies infaustus, tout est perdu hors l'honneur.


N destruction, waste, dissolution, breaking up, diruption, disruption, consumption, disorganization, fall, downfall, devastation, ruin, perdition, crash, eboulement, smash, havoc, delabrement, debacle, break down, break up, fall apart, prostration, desolation, bouleversement, wreck, wrack, shipwreck, cataclysm, washout, extinction, annihilation, destruction of life, knock-down blow, doom, crack of doom, destroying, demolition, demolishment, overthrow, subversion, suppression, abolition, biblioclasm, sacrifice, ravage, razzia, inactivation, incendiarism, revolution, extirpation, beginning of the end, commencement de la fin, road to ruin, dilapidation, sabotage, destroyed, perishing, trembling to its fall, nodding to its fall, tottering to its fall, in course of destruction, extinct, all-destroying, all-devouring, all-engulfing, destructive, subversive, ruinous, devastating, incendiary, deletory, destroying, suicidal, deadly, with crushing effect, with a sledge hammer, delenda est Carthago, dum Roma deliberat Saguntum perit, ecrasez l'infame.

VB be destroyed, perish, fall to the ground, tumble, topple, go to pieces, fall to pieces, break up, crumble to dust, go to the dogs, go to the wall, go to smash, go to shivers, go to wreck, go to pot, go to wrack and ruin, go by the board, go all to smash, be all over, be all up, be all with, totter to its fall, destroy, do away with, make away with, nullify, annual, sacrifice, demolish, tear up, overturn, overthrow, overwhelm, upset, subvert, put an end to, seal the doom of, do in, do for, dish, undo, break up, cut up, break down, cut down, pull down, mow down, blow down, beat down, suppress, quash, put down, do a job on, cut short, take off, blot out, dispel, dissipate, dissolve, consume, smash, crash, quell, squash, squelch, crumple up, shatter, shiver, batter to pieces, tear to pieces, crush to pieces, cut to pieces, shake to pieces, pull to pieces, pick to pieces, laniate, nip, tear to rags, tear to tatters, crush to atoms, knock to atoms, ruin, strike out, throw over, knock down over, fell, sink, swamp, scuttle, wreck, shipwreck, engulf, ingulf, submerge, lay in ashes, lay in ruins, sweep away, erase, wipe out, expunge, raze, level with the dust, level with the ground, waste, atomize, vaporize, deal destruction, desolate, devastate, lay waste, ravage gut, disorganize, dismantle, devour, swallow up, sap, mine, blast, bomb, blow to smithereens, drop the big one, confound, exterminate, extinguish, quench, annihilate, snuff out, put out, stamp out, trample out, lay in the dust, trample in the dust, prostrate, tread under foot, crush under foot, trample under foot, lay the ax to the root of, make short work of, make clean sweep of, make mincemeat of, cut up root and branch, chop into pieces, cut into ribbons, fling to the winds, scatter to the winds, throw overboard, strike at the root of, sap the foundations of, spring a mine, blow up, ravage with fire and sword, cast to the dogs, eradicate.


N depression, lowering, depression, dip, abasement, detrusion, reduction, overthrow, overset, overturn, upset, prostration, subversion, precipitation, bow, courtesy, curtsy, genuflexion, genuflection, kowtow, obeisance, salaam, depressed, at a low ebb, prostrate, detrusive, facinus quos inquinat aequat.

VB depress, lower, let down, take down, let down a peg, take down a peg, cast, let drop, let fall, sink, debase, bring low, abase, reduce, detrude, pitch, precipitate, overthrow, overturn, overset, upset, subvert, prostate, level, fell, cast down, take down, throw down, fling down, dash down, pull down, cut down, knock down, hew down, raze, raze to the ground, rase to the ground, trample in the dust, pull about one's ears, sit, sit down, couch, squat, crouch, stoop, bend, bow, courtesy, curtsy, bob, duck, dip, kneel, bend the knee, bow the knee, bend the head, bow the head, cower, recline.


VB confute, refute, disprove, parry, negative, controvert, rebut, confound, disconfirm, redargue, expose, show the fallacy of, defeat, demolish, break, overthrow, overturn scatter to the winds, explode, invalidate, silence, put to silence, reduce to silence, clinch an argument, clinch a question, give one a setdown, stop the mouth, shut up, have, have on the hip, not leave a leg to stand on, cut the ground from under one's feet, be confuted, fail, expose one's weak point, show one's weak point, counter evidence.

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