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 (səb-vûr′sĭv, -zĭv)
Intending or intended to subvert an established order, especially to undermine or overthrow an established government: subversive groups; subversive publications.
One who advocates or is regarded as advocating subversion.

sub·ver′sive·ly adv.
sub·ver′sive·ness n.
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(səbˈvɜːsɪv) or


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) liable to subvert or overthrow a government, legally constituted institution, etc
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person engaged in subversive activities, etc
subˈversively adv
subˈversiveness n
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(səbˈvɜr sɪv)

1. tending to subvert or advocating subversion, esp. in an attempt to overthrow or undermine a legally constituted government.
2. a person who adopts subversive principles or policies.
[1635–45; < Latin subvers(us), past participle of subvertere to subvert + -ive]
sub•ver′sive•ly, adv.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.subversive - a radical supporter of political or social revolutionsubversive - 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
Adj.1.subversive - in opposition to a civil authority or government
disloyal - deserting your allegiance or duty to leader or cause or principle; "disloyal aides revealed his indiscretions to the papers"
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1. seditious, inflammatory, incendiary, underground, undermining, destructive, overthrowing, riotous, insurrectionary, treasonous, perversive The play was promptly banned as subversive and possibly treasonous.
1. dissident, terrorist, saboteur, insurrectionary, quisling, fifth columnist, deviationist, seditionary, seditionist Agents regularly rounded up suspected subversives.
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A. ADJ [activity, literature, idea, group] → subversivo
the court found him guilty of subversive activitiesel tribunal lo declaró culpable de llevar a cabo actividades subversivas
B. Nelemento m subversivo
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nsubversif/ive m/f
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adjsubversiv, umstürzlerisch; subversive elementssubversive Elemente or Kräfte pl
nUmstürzler(in) m(f), → Subversive(r) mf
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[səbˈvɜːsɪv] adj & nsovversivo/a
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(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.
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References in classic literature ?
Now do I know how it is concerning the fire-dog; and likewise concerning all the spouting and subversive devils, of which not only old women are afraid.
The first precaution to adopt was to separate Emily from friends whose advice might be hostile to his interests--perhaps even subversive of his security.
The important truth, which it unequivocally pronounces in the present case, is that a sovereignty over sovereigns, a government over governments, a legislation for communities, as contradistinguished from individuals, as it is a solecism in theory, so in practice it is subversive of the order and ends of civil polity, by substituting VIOLENCE in place of LAW, or the destructive COERCION of the SWORD in place of the mild and salutary COERCION of the MAGISTRACY.
Offices, distinction between them, 67; when subversive of the rights of the people, 130
Whatever hopes or projects might be entertained by a few aspiring characters, it must generally happen that a great proportion of the men deriving their advancement from their influence with the people, would have more to hope from a preservation of the favor, than from innovations in the government subversive of the authority of the people.
It was a logical and crushing indictment of the whole system of education that developed in the minds of the students only such ideas as were favorable to the capitalistic regime, to the exclusion of all ideas that were inimical and subversive. The book created a furor, and was promptly suppressed by the Oligarchy.
No subversive radium speculations had shaken his steady scientific faith in the conservation of energy and the indestructibility of matter.
This capacity in bees of laying down under certain circumstances a rough wall in its proper place between two just-commenced cells, is important, as it bears on a fact, which seems at first quite subversive of the foregoing theory; namely, that the cells on the extreme margin of wasp-combs are sometimes strictly hexagonal; but I have not space here to enter on this subject.
he will punish him for introducing a practice which is equally subversive and destructive of ship or State.
Her figure in the long cloak, which took deep folds, and her face, which was composed into a mask of sensitive apprehension, disturbed Mary for a moment with a sense of the presence of some one who was of another world, and, therefore, subversive of her world.
But, as we recognise, he went so far as to wish that the human belongings of a person whose high spirit appeared to have no taint either of fastness, as they said in England, or of subversive opinion, and whose mouth had charming lines, should not be a little more distinguished.
The last and the greatest weakness of the public men of the Restoration was their honesty, in a struggle in which their adversaries employed the resources of political dishonesty, lies, and calumnies, and let loose upon them, by all subversive means, the clamor of the unintelligent masses, able only to understand revolt.