Definition of subversive in English:

subversive

Line breaks: sub|ver¦sive
Pronunciation: /səbˈvəːsɪv
 
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adjective

noun

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Derivatives

subversively

adverb
More example sentences
  • So now we knew how to be professional but we also remembered how to be subversive, subversively female, subversively feminine.
  • Others, as conductors on the Underground Railroad, were more directly and subversively involved in securing freedom for slaves.
  • These voting procedures could subversively affect the outcome of the race in Minnesota.

subversiveness

noun
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  • Aggressive linguistic subversiveness, which used to be his hallmark, has dwindled into charm; sheer amazement has become indistinct bemusement.
  • Such tactics were even praised by the Daily Telegraph recently as offering ‘an honest subversiveness which a conservative newspaper can admire’.
  • Playing Lucy Collins, the troubled daughter of the neighbourhood's petit bourgeois family, she constantly bristled with an insolent ennui and a mild subversiveness.

Origin

mid 17th century: from medieval Latin subversivus, from the verb subvertere (see subvert).

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