O·ver·throw v. t. [imp. Overthrew p. p. Overthrown p. pr. & vb. n. Overthrowing.]
1. To throw over; to overturn; to upset; to turn upside down.
His wife overthrew the table. --Jer. Taylor.
2. To cause to fall or to fail; to subvert; to defeat; to make a ruin of; to destroy; as, to overthrow a government.
When the walls of Thebes he overthrew. --Dryden.
[Gloucester] that seeks to overthrow religion. --Shak.
Syn: -- To demolish; overturn; prostrate; destroy; ruin; subvert; overcome; conquer; defeat; discomfit; vanquish; beat; rout.
n 1: the termination of a ruler or institution (especially by
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]
v 1: cause the downfall of; of rulers; "The Czar was overthrown";
"subvert the ruling class" [syn: subvert, overturn,
2: rule against; "The Republicans were overruled when the House
voted on the bill" [syn: overrule, overturn, override,
[also: overthrown, overthrew]