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 in a sentence
They conspired to subvert the government.
trying to subvert the electoral process
Origin and Etymology 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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