from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remove the crown from; thus, to deprive of royal status
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To deprive of a crown.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive of a crown; remove a crown from.
Gilberte to discrown it of its chocolate battlements and to hew down the steep brown slopes of its ramparts, baked in the oven like the bastions of the palace of Darius.
Should the rebellion succeed, as he professes to believe it will, his instrument and accomplice, Maximilian, will be discarded with as little ceremony as the first Napoleon discarded some of the puppet kings whom he saw proper to crown and discrown according to the exigency of his occasions.
Perhaps you think that a small sovereign people, fresh from two triumphant wars, ought to discrown itself before sunrise; because the nephew of a neighbouring Emperor has been shot by his own subjects.
Go forth to discrown king and captain and disinherit the creed;
I will discrown thee and give thy body to the tormentors, and set thy soul loose to follow her whom thou hast slain. '
Shakespeare, in Johnson's phrase, lost the world for a quibble and was content to lose it, so does Mr. Meredith discrown himself of the sovereignty of contemporary romance to put on the cap and bells of the professional wit.
His son always continued to say this, but Franklin himself came to see that he who discrowns kings may be greater than kings, and that it became the duty of a people to discrown tyrannical kings, and to make a king of the popular will.
They did not attempt to put one king in place of another, but to dethrone human nature and discrown the very manhood of the race.
It was universally suspected that Henry meant to destroy and discrown the Habsburgs, and it lay not in the schemes of
Henry from the realms of their ancestors, and to seat himself or his daughter, or one or another of his nephews, in their places, now busy himself with schemes to discrown Rudolph of Habsburg, and to place the ubiquitous Infanta and her future husband on his throne.
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