depose

When you force someone in authority out of office — a politician, a king, or a cheerleading captain — you depose them.

The word almost always associated with an act of deposition is coup, meaning a sudden act of overthrowing of the government. Sometimes bloodless, more often not. On a less dramatic scale, lawyers depose less exalted folk every day; it means they take evidence from them under oath, possibly to be used in a court case later. Often those giving evidence (mobsters, murderers, financial scammers, etc,) are unwilling to talk to lawyers, hence the suggestion of a stripping away of power and dignity implicit in the term depose.

Primary Meanings of depose

1.
v
force to leave (an office)
2.
v
make a deposition; declare under oath
Full Definitions of depose
1

v force to leave (an office)

Synonyms:
force out
Types:
bring down, overthrow, overturn, subvert
cause the downfall of; of rulers
revolutionize
overthrow by a revolution, of governments
Type of:
boot out, drum out, expel, kick out, oust, throw out
remove from a position or office
2

v make a deposition; declare under oath

Synonyms:
depone, swear
Type of:
declare
state emphatically and authoritatively

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