Throne vs thrown

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Throne and thrown are two words that are pronounced in the same fashion but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of throne and thrown, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

A throne is a formal chair that only a sovereign or bishop may sit in. The word throne may be used literally or figuratively, to mean sovereign power. It is derived from the thirteenth century word trone, which means seat of God or the seat of a saint in heaven, taken from the Greek word thronos which means elevated seat.

Thrown is the past tense of the word throw, which means to toss something or propel it through the air by use of one’s hand and arm. Thrown may be used literally or figuratively, to mean the sudden transference of something. Related words are throws and throwing. The term comes from the Old English word þrawan, which means to curl, twist or turn.


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The Castle Hotel, a modern box disguised by a comic book castle façade, contains a talking Lego wizard in the lobby and a talking throne. (The Telegraph)

A 14-year-old Jurupa Valley boy was killed after apparently being thrown from the back of a pickup truck Thursday evening, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Friday, July 21. (The Press-Enterprise)

SUNGAI PETANI: A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Kuala Muda district police headquarters by two men apparently in retaliation over recent arrests of their gang members. (The Star)