transitive verb sub·vert \səb-ˈvərt\

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

: to make (something) weaker or less effective

Full Definition of SUBVERT

:  to overturn or overthrow from the foundation :  ruin
:  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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