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By the overthrower; I respect chronology: let us have Brutus first.

Probably, Overthrower of the rhinoceros, but if Gurg-andz be read, of the wolf.

Perceval, the overthrower of the Foxite ministry, perished; but the political system of the cabinet remained unchanged.

We demand of the new man, of the overthrower of our idols, but one thing,—has he authentic inspiration and power?

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "to knock down," from over- + throw (v.). Figurative sense of "to cast down from power, defeat" is attested from late 14c. Related: Overthrown; overthrowing. Earlier in same senses was overwerpen "to overturn (something), overthrow; destroy," from Old English oferweorpan (see warp (v.)).

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