Definition of Subvert

1. Verb. Cause the downfall of; of rulers. "Subvert the ruling class"

Exact synonyms: Bring Down, Overthrow, Overturn
Specialized synonyms: Revolutionize
Generic synonyms: Depose, Force Out
Derivative terms: Overthrow, Subversion, Subversive, Subverter

2. Verb. Corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality. "Corrupt the morals"

3. Verb. Destroy property or hinder normal operations. "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"
Exact synonyms: Counteract, Countermine, Sabotage, Undermine, Weaken
Specialized synonyms: Derail
Generic synonyms: Disobey
Derivative terms: Sabotage

4. Verb. Destroy completely. "We must not let our civil liberties be subverted by the current crisis"
Generic synonyms: Destroy, Ruin
Derivative terms: Subversion

Definition of Subvert

1. v. t. To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly.

2. v. i. To overthrow anything from the foundation; to be subversive.

Definition of Subvert

1. Verb. (transitive) To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To pervert, as the mind, and turn it from the truth; to corrupt; to confound. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To upturn convention from the foundation by undermining it (literally, to turn from beneath). ¹

4. Noun. An advertisement created by subvertising. ¹

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Definition of Subvert

1. to destroy completely [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Subvert

subversive activity

Literary usage of Subvert

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. English Synonymes Explained: In Alphabetical Order ; with Copious by George Crabb (1883)
"TO OVERTURN, OVERTHROW, subvert, ... and subvert generally involve the destruction of the ... subvert ..."

2. A Practical Treatise on the Criminal Law: Comprising the Practice, Pleadings by Joseph Chitty, Richard Peters (1819)
"... unlawfully, forcibly, and traitorously, subvert and alter, and aid and assist in subverting and altering, without, and in defiance of the authority, ..."

3. The Proceedings and Documents Relative to Certain Members Separating from by N.H. Church of Christ (Wilton, Church of Christ (Wilton, N.H.) (1824)
"Who ever before thought that a deficient summary of doctrines would subvert the doctrines, which were omitted to be mentioned. By that principle of judging, ..."

4. Reports of the Trials of Colonel Aaron Burr (late Vice President of the by Harman Blennerhassett, Israel Smith, David Robertson (1808)
"To shew that the overt act in order to constitute treason must be committed with a design to subvert the government of the United States; that war must he ..."

5. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by American Committee of Revision (1881)
"who subvert whole houses, teaching tilings which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. 12 not, for filthy lucre's sake. One of themselves, a prophet of ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"In philosophy, the Encyclopedists seek to subvert the principles on which the existing institutions and the authority of dogma in religion were based. ..."

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