subversive\səb-ˈvər-siv , -ziv \adjective or noun
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Subversion is literally the "turning over" of something. In the 1950s and '60s, many people worried about communist subversion of the U.S. government, though they often saw subversive activities where none existed. Nondemocratic governments often claim that anyone who disagrees with them or joins a demonstration is a subversive. But subversion isn't always quite so serious a matter; when words like weekend,sandwich, job, *and *camping started being used by the French, for example, some of them began claiming that America was subverting their language.
Examples of subversion in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebBut the other thing that is really cool is the subversion of that idea.
André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2022 The subversion comes from the direction Tindle wanted to take this story.
Nick Romano, EW.com, 2 Aug. 2022 The national security law was imposed on Hong Kong directly by China in June 2020 without any local legislative or consultative process, outlawing crimes such as subversion with possible life imprisonment.
Reuters, NBC News, 28 July 2022 By contrast, Persuasion seems to think its best strength is its wild subversion of the author’s steady narration.
David Sims, The Atlantic, 15 July 2022 Based on the comic arc by writer Jason Aaron, this is a fantastic subversion for Marvel, which so often casts great performers only to bog them down with thankless love interest roles.
Evan Romano, Men's Health, 5 July 2022 Still, some modern wrestlers cultivated fan bases in the late 1990s and early 2000s by treating beer consumption as spectacle and performative subversion.
New York Times, 24 June 2022 Kendall, who pretends to slurp up ironic subversion, insists on appearing as a guest on the show, but this bluff naturally ends in his own humiliation.
Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 June 2022 The January 6th attack on our Capitol was an insurrection against the U.S. Constitution and a subversion of the rule of law fueled by white supremacy and inspired by an outlaw president who should have been removed from office.
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