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tr.v. sub·orned, sub·orn·ing, sub·orns
1. To induce (a person) to commit an unlawful or evil act.
2. Law
a. To procure (perjured testimony): suborn perjury.
b. To induce (a person) to commit perjury.

[Latin subōrnāre : sub-, secretly; see sub- + ōrnāre, to equip; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

sub′or·na′tion (sŭb′ôr-nā′shən) n.
sub·orn′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.suborner - someone who pays (or otherwise incites) you to commit a wrongful actsuborner - someone who pays (or otherwise incites) you to commit a wrongful act
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
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I am not in the least provoked at the sight of a lawyer, a pickpocket, a colonel, a fool, a lord, a gamester, a politician, a whoremonger, a physician, an evidence, a suborner, an attorney, a traitor, or the like; this is all according to the due course of things: but when I behold a lump of deformity and diseases, both in body and mind, smitten with pride, it immediately breaks all the measures of my patience; neither shall I be ever able to comprehend how such an animal, and such a vice, could tally together.
Come in, you false witness, you perjurer, you suborner of evidence, come in
So far as the characters in the Yale tablet were concerned, Enkidu was indeed a shepherd, not a wild man, because he had come from the shepherds' camp to Uruk; so too, in the Epic of Creation, Marduk chose to see Kingu as a suborner though he knew better.