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 : to overturn or overthrow from the foundation : ruin
2 : to pervert or corrupt by an undermining of morals, allegiance, or faith
Examples of subvert
They conspired to subvert the government.
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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