subversion


sub·ver·sion

noun \səb-ˈvər-zhən, -shən\

Definition of SUBVERSION

1
:  the act of subverting :  the state of being subverted; especially :  a systematic attempt to overthrow or undermine a government or political system by persons working secretly from within
2
obsolete :  a cause of overthrow or destruction
sub·ver·sion·ary \-zhə-ˌner-ē, -shə-\ adjective
sub·ver·sive \-ˈvər-siv, -ziv\ adjective or noun
sub·ver·sive·ly adverb
sub·ver·sive·ness noun

Origin of SUBVERSION

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin subversion-, subversio, from Latin subvertere
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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