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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

subverter noun

Examples of subvert in a sentence

  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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