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subvert Line breaks: sub|vert
Pronunciation: /səbˈvəːt/

Definition of subvert in English:


[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.
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;


Pronunciation: /səbˈvəːʃ(ə)n/
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.
Pronunciation: /səbˈvəːtə/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with subvert

advert, alert, animadvert, assert, avert, Bert, blurt, Burt, cert, chert, concert, controvert, convert, curt, desert, dessert, dirt, divert, exert, flirt, girt, hurt, inert, insert, introvert, Kurt, malapert, overt, pert, quirt, shirt, skirt, spirt, spurt, squirt, Sturt, vert, wort, yurt
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