Definition of subversion
subversionaryplay \-zhə-ˌner-ē, -shə-\ adjective
subversiveplay \-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.
Origin and Etymology of subversion
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin subversion-, subversio, from Latin subvertere
First Known Use: 14th century
Legal Definition of subversion
: a systematic attempt to overthrow or undermine a government or political system by persons working from within; also : the crime of committing acts in furtherance of such an attempt
subversionary\-zhə-ˌner-ē\ play adjective
subversive\-ˈvər-siv\ play adjective or noun
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