subvert

verb sub·vert \ səb-ˈvərt \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

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

subverter

noun

Examples of subvert in a Sentence

  1. They conspired to subvert the government.

  2. trying to subvert the electoral process

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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


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Definition of subvert for English Language Learners

  • : to secretly try to ruin or destroy a government, political system, etc.

  • : to make (something) weaker or less effective



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