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tr.v. sub·vert·ed, sub·vert·ing, sub·verts
1. To overthrow or destroy (a government or an established order or authority). See Synonyms at overthrow.
2. To undermine, overturn, or render ineffective (a rule or an established notion, such as a stereotype, for example).
3. To cause to serve a purpose other than the original or established one; commandeer or redirect: "a short, virus-like piece of DNA that replicates itself ... by subverting the cell's DNA replication machinery" (Richard Dawkins).
4. To undermine, mislead, or betray: "Willy's batch of unexamined dreams and aspirations confused, misled, and subverted him" (Joseph Badaracco).

[Middle English subverten, from Old French subvertir, from Latin subvertere : sub-, sub- + vertere, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

sub·vert′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.subverter - a radical supporter of political or social revolutionsubverter - a radical supporter of political or social revolution
counterrevolutionary, counterrevolutionist, counter-revolutionist - a revolutionary whose aim is to reverse the changes introduced by an earlier revolution
dynamiter, dynamitist - a person who uses dynamite in a revolutionary cause
Girondin, Girondist - a member of the moderate republican party that was in power during the French Revolution; the Girondists were overthrown by their more radical rivals the Jacobins
freedom fighter, insurgent, insurrectionist, rebel - a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
radical - a person who has radical ideas or opinions
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That your friends will be driven into exile and deprived of citizenship, or will lose their property, is tolerably certain; and you yourself, if you fly to one of the neighbouring cities, as, for example, Thebes or Megara, both of which are well governed, will come to them as an enemy, Socrates, and their government will be against you, and all patriotic citizens will cast an evil eye upon you as a subverter of the laws, and you will confirm in the minds of the judges the justice of their own condemnation of you.
Os pixadores, ao continuarem a subverter seus convites para entrarem no mundo do consentimento e reconhecimento artistico, resistem a limitar seus trabalhos ao titulo de "arte" e de tudo o que ele implicaria.
Others read her through a political or sociological lens: an upholder of conservative values or a subverter of them, a transported commodity like one of Sir Thomas's slaves, or a domestic version of the colonial imperialist or improver.
For them, Napoleon "was the agitator, the destroyer of prescription, the internal improver, the liberal, the radical, the inventor of means, the opener of doors and markets, the subverter of monopoly and abuse" (CW4:144).
Cheerfully disruptive and defiant, Sanchez identifies himself as an "underclown": a playful subverter of both underground and mainstream cultures.
Ha muito, porem, que artistas e cientistas tentam subverter esta ordem narrativa ao experimentar contar uma historia criando um ambiente imersivo e participativo, em busca da interacao dos sentidos e apropriacao da representacao da realidade pelo publico.
As a trespasser and a subverter of the rationale of the hegemonic masculine discourse, she was described in the same terms as the pioneering women abolitionists whose public appearances first provoked the American controversy over women's fight to speak in public.
Although written before the coalition came to power, Sullivan's chapter on government as subverter in the context of local government reform seems particularly timely given the policy ambitions of Pickles, Lansley and Gove.
Aqui nos temos o relato triste da humanidade, mas os textos nao tem intencao de pregar mudanca social ou subverter as estruturas sociais humanas como era o caso de Swift.
Em dialogo com a obra critica de Antonio Candido e Roberto da Matta, este artigo visa analisar alguns momentos e modos que levaram Joao Grilo a subverter a ordem hierarquica do povoado, oferecendo uma interpretacao do espaco social retratado na obra e as suas ramificacoes culturais e literarias.
E essa a alternativa apresentada por Deleuze para superar o dominio da imagem dogmatica do pensamento e subverter as correlacoes entre transcendental e empirico.