undermining


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un·der·mine

 (ŭn′dər-mīn′)
tr.v. un·der·mined, un·der·min·ing, un·der·mines
1. To weaken by wearing away a base or foundation: Water has undermined the stone foundations.
2. To weaken, injure, or impair, often by degrees or imperceptibly; sap: Late hours can undermine one's health.
3. To dig a mine or tunnel beneath.
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undermining

noun
A deliberate and underhanded effort to defeat or do harm to an endeavor:
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The heart-breaking, conspiring, undermining toil of years approached fruition.
But, let me tell you, you are a good deal paler and thinner than when you first left home; and we cannot have you undermining your health to hoard up money either for yourself or others.
We can't bear the plotting and undermining that takes place.
Weeks had no intention of undermining the boy's faith, but he was deeply interested in religion, and found it an absorbing topic of conversation.
He had calculated on undermining her affection for her husband--and whither had his calculations led him?
Justices testifying in the impeachment proceedings against the highest magistrate of the land believe that they are not undermining the independence of the judiciary.
It can refer to the destruction of one's honesty or loyalty through undermining moral integrity or acting in a way that shows a lack of integrity or honesty.
According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, "substantial uncertainty about enforcement of the individual mandate and about future payments of the cost-sharing subsidies," could lead to insurers withdrawing in some markets, undermining the stability of the nongroup market and causing "people who would have been insured in the nongroup market under current law to be uninsured.
In a statement, the PTI Chief exposed the government's designs to thwart all constitutional restraints, which allow institutions to function in an accountable manner and prevent a government from undermining democratic norms through accumulation of authoritarian powers within the Executive.
Undermining Islam and Mulsims is tantamount to undermining the nation and all Lebanon," Salam said, stressing that the Maqassed's message of loving and coexistence is currently in the custody of 'safe and sound' hands.
Today, it can be argued that the work as a key factor in the formation of identity, relationships and human interaction plays an important role but this job could be a source of stress, undermining, fatigue and atrophy of the people.
It called on Israel to avoid any step undermining the financial situation of the Palestinian Authority.