an·​ti-sub·​ver·​sion | \ ˌan-tē-səb-ˈvər-zhən, -shən, ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-subversion (audio) \
variants: or anti-subversive \ ˌan-​tē-​səb-​ˈvər-​siv , -​ziv , ˌan-​tī-​ How to pronounce anti-subversive (audio) \ or less commonly antisubversion or antisubversive

Definition of anti-subversion

: serving or intended to prevent or punish subversive activities … is perhaps best known for trying to ram an unpopular anti-subversion law through the city legislature in 2003 when she was security chief.The Vancouver (Canada) Province

Other Words from anti-subversion

anti-subversive or less commonly antisubversive noun
Yet isolationists and antisubversives, more than any other Americans, viewed communism and Soviet imperialism as an indivisible and mortal threat to everything for which America stood. — Randall Bennett Woods

First Known Use of anti-subversion

1940, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about anti-subversion

Time Traveler for anti-subversion

Time Traveler

The first known use of anti-subversion was in 1940

See more words from the same year

Statistics for anti-subversion

Cite this Entry

“Anti-subversion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

Comments on anti-subversion

What made you want to look up anti-subversion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!