subvert

verb

sub·​vert səb-ˈvərt How to pronounce subvert (audio)
subverted; subverting; subverts

transitive verb

1
: to overturn or overthrow from the foundation : ruin
2
: to pervert or corrupt by an undermining of morals, allegiance, or faith
subverter noun

Example Sentences

They conspired to subvert the government. trying to subvert the electoral process
Recent Examples on the Web The ex-president in early 2021 was kicked off Twitter over his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol aiming to subvert the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Variety, NBC News, 19 Nov. 2022 The ex-president was kicked off Twitter over his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol aiming to subvert the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Todd Spangler, Variety, 18 Nov. 2022 The Justice Department is conducting its own sprawling inquiry into the roles Trump and some of his allies played in seeking to subvert the 2020 election. Luke Broadwater, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Oct. 2022 Cipollone and Patrick Philbin, a deputy White House counsel, also have cooperated with a separate House committee probe into the deadly Jan. 6 attack and attempts to subvert the election. Eric Tucker, ajc, 2 Sep. 2022 That’s one of the main differences between these riots and protests against police brutality over the summer (which were also not violent and were not trying to subvert the democratic process). Nicole Wetsman, The Verge, 19 Jan. 2021 Many of the televisions in Washington’s embassies have been tuned to the Jan. 6 committee hearings and the barrage of testimony detailing Trump’s plot to subvert the will of the electorate with help from an angry mob of his supporters. Erin B. Logan, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2022 Some of the leading fall trends of the moment include items that subvert the seasonal classics. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 26 Oct. 2022 If elected, Lake, 53, would oversee Arizona’s next election—a source of profound anxiety for Democrats and some Republicans, who worry that Lake would subvert the will of the voters in 2024. Eric Cortellessa, Time, 26 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of subvert was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Subvert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subvert. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

subvert

verb
sub·​vert səb-ˈvərt How to pronounce subvert (audio)
1
: to overturn or overthrow from the foundation
2
: to undermine the morals, allegiance, or faith of : corrupt
subverter noun

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