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subvert

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transitive verb sub·vert \səb-ˈvərt\

Simple Definition of subvert

  • : to secretly try to ruin or destroy a government, political system, etc.

  • : to make (something) weaker or less effective

Full Definition of subvert

  1. 1 :  to overturn or overthrow from the foundation :  ruin

  2. 2 :  to pervert or corrupt by an undermining of morals, allegiance, or faith

sub·vert·er noun

Examples of subvert

  1. They conspired to subvert the government.

  2. trying to subvert the electoral process



Origin of subvert

Middle English, from Anglo-French subvertir, from Latin subvertere, literally, to turn from beneath, from sub- + vertere to turn — more at worth


First Known Use: 14th century



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