Definition of subvert in English:

subvert

Line breaks: sub|vert
Pronunciation: /səbˈvəːt
 
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verb

[with object]
Undermine the power and authority of (an established system or institution): an attempt to subvert democratic government
More example sentences
  • Please reject this underhanded attempt to subvert democracy in Illinois.
  • Even exercising our vote may turn out to be no more than palliative in a democracy continually subverted by the power of money.
  • She clearly sees this as an attempt by the Republicans to steal her vote and subvert the system.
Synonyms
destabilize, unsettle, overthrow, overturn;
bring down, bring about the downfall of, topple, depose, oust, supplant, unseat, dethrone, disestablish, dissolve;
disrupt, wreak havoc on, sabotage, ruin, upset, destroy, annihilate, demolish, wreck, undo, undermine, undercut, weaken, impair, damage
corrupt, pervert, warp, deprave, defile, debase, distort, contaminate, poison, embitter;

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French subvertir or Latin subvertere, from sub- 'from below' + vertere 'to turn'.

Derivatives

subversion

Pronunciation: /-ˈvəːʃ(ə)n/
noun
More example sentences
  • The security laws ban treason, sedition, subversion and the theft of state secrets.
  • There is also an interesting demonstration of how artistic imagery can continue to be used in a subversion of its original context.
  • There was clearly an element of wind-up in the original letter, and humour in art remains a potent weapon of subversion.

subverter

noun
More example sentences
  • More importantly, and with wider relevance, the war was intended as a substantial demonstration of the continuing validity of the regulative order as against any would-be subverter of it.
  • It cannot, for example, accommodate republicans, or socialists, or supra-nationalist subverters of British sovereignty.
  • He won't win lots of popularity contests, but he's no subverter of the system's integrity.

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Word of the day retroflex
Pronunciation: ˈrɛtrə(ʊ)flɛks
adjective
turned backwards