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sub·vert

 (səb-vûrt′)
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.

subvert

(səbˈvɜːt)
vb (tr)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to bring about the complete downfall or ruin of (something existing or established by a system of law, etc)
2. to undermine the moral principles of (a person, etc); corrupt
[C14: from Latin subvertere to overturn, from sub- from below + vertere to turn]
subˈverter n

sub•vert

(səbˈvɜrt)

v.t.
1. to overthrow (something established or existing).
2. to cause the downfall or ruin of.
3. to undermine the principles of; corrupt.
[1325–75; Middle English < Latin subvertere to overthrow =sub- sub- + vertere to turn]
sub•vert′er, n.

subvert


Past participle: subverted
Gerund: subverting

Imperative
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subvert
Present
I subvert
you subvert
he/she/it subverts
we subvert
you subvert
they subvert
Preterite
I subverted
you subverted
he/she/it subverted
we subverted
you subverted
they subverted
Present Continuous
I am subverting
you are subverting
he/she/it is subverting
we are subverting
you are subverting
they are subverting
Present Perfect
I have subverted
you have subverted
he/she/it has subverted
we have subverted
you have subverted
they have subverted
Past Continuous
I was subverting
you were subverting
he/she/it was subverting
we were subverting
you were subverting
they were subverting
Past Perfect
I had subverted
you had subverted
he/she/it had subverted
we had subverted
you had subverted
they had subverted
Future
I will subvert
you will subvert
he/she/it will subvert
we will subvert
you will subvert
they will subvert
Future Perfect
I will have subverted
you will have subverted
he/she/it will have subverted
we will have subverted
you will have subverted
they will have subverted
Future Continuous
I will be subverting
you will be subverting
he/she/it will be subverting
we will be subverting
you will be subverting
they will be subverting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been subverting
you have been subverting
he/she/it has been subverting
we have been subverting
you have been subverting
they have been subverting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been subverting
you will have been subverting
he/she/it will have been subverting
we will have been subverting
you will have been subverting
they will have been subverting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been subverting
you had been subverting
he/she/it had been subverting
we had been subverting
you had been subverting
they had been subverting
Conditional
I would subvert
you would subvert
he/she/it would subvert
we would subvert
you would subvert
they would subvert
Past Conditional
I would have subverted
you would have subverted
he/she/it would have subverted
we would have subverted
you would have subverted
they would have subverted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.subvert - cause the downfall of; of rulers; "The Czar was overthrown"; "subvert the ruling class"
revolutionize - overthrow by a revolution, of governments
depose, force out - force to leave (an office)
2.subvert - corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
carnalise, sensualise, sensualize, carnalize - debase through carnal gratification
infect - corrupt with ideas or an ideology; "society was infected by racism"
lead astray, lead off - teach immoral behavior to; "It was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits"
poison - spoil as if by poison; "poison someone's mind"; "poison the atmosphere in the office"
bastardise, bastardize - change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms
suborn - incite to commit a crime or an evil deed; "He suborned his butler to cover up the murder of his wife"
3.subvert - destroy property or hinder normal operationssubvert - destroy property or hinder normal operations; "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"
derail - cause to run off the tracks; "they had planned to derail the trains that carried atomic waste"
disobey - refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient; "He disobeyed his supervisor and was fired"
4.subvert - destroy completely; "we must not let our civil liberties be subverted by the current crisis"
ruin, destroy - destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"

subvert

verb
1. overturn, destroy, undermine, upset, ruin, wreck, demolish, sabotage an alleged plot to subvert the state
2. corrupt, pervert, deprave, poison, contaminate, confound, debase, demoralize, vitiate an attempt to subvert culture from within

subvert

verb
1. To bring about the downfall of:
2. To damage, destroy, or defeat by sabotage:
Translations
يُخَرِّب، يُهَدِّم
rozvrátitsvrhnout
omstyrteundergrave
kukistaakumota
felforgat
grafa undan; kollvarpa
ardomasisardytižlugdymas
gāztgrautiedragāt
rozvrátiť

subvert

[sʌbˈvɜːt] VT (frm) → subvertir, trastornar

subvert

[səbˈvɜːrt] vt (= undermine) → subvertir

subvert

vt governmentzu stürzen versuchen; faith, morals etcuntergraben, unterminieren; constitution, state authority, socialismunterwandern; personzum Umsturz anstacheln

subvert

[səbˈvɜːt] vtsovvertire

subvert

(səbˈvəːt) verb
to overthrow or ruin completely (eg a person's morals, loyalty, arguments, a government).
subˈversion (-ʃən) , ((American) -ʒən) noun
subˈversive (-siv) adjective
likely to destroy or overthrow (government, discipline in a school etc). That boy is a subversive influence in this class.
References in classic literature ?
As for the scandal that would befall the Circular Class if the frivolous and unseemly conduct of the Women were imputed to them, and as to the consequent subversion of the Constitution, the Female Sex could not be expected to give a thought to these considerations.
But we may not take up the third sword, which is Mahomet's sword, or like unto it; that is, to propagate religion by wars, or by sanguinary persecutions to force consciences; except it be in cases of overt scandal, blasphemy, or intermixture of practice against the state; much less to nourish seditions; to authorize conspiracies and rebellions; to put the sword into the people's hands; and the like; tending to the subversion of all government, which is the ordinance of God.
Had the nobles, by a conduct of clemency and justice, preserved the fidelity and devotion of their retainers and followers, the contests between them and the prince must almost always have ended in their favor, and in the abridgment or subversion of the royal authority.
He was setting a dangerous example to the other slaves,--one which, if suffered to pass without some such demonstration on his part, would finally lead to the total subversion of all rule and order upon the plantation.
Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Americas.
A devoted Monarchist, Hutchinson would heave no sigh for the subversion of the original republican government, the purest that the world had seen, with which the colony began its existence.
Kingdoms are seldom destroyed by any outward attack; for which reason they are generally very stable; but they have many causes of subversion within; of which two are the principal; one is when those who are in power [1313a] excite a sedition, the other when they endeavour to establish a tyranny by assuming greater power than the law gives them.