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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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Noun1.subversiveness - disloyalty by virtue of subversive behaviorsubversiveness - disloyalty by virtue of subversive behavior
disloyalty - the quality of being disloyal
betrayal - the quality of aiding an enemy
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Ultimately, it's a sense of subversiveness that sticks in the mind.
Pollan concedes that psychedelics' subversiveness may have been a product of "the way that first generation of researchers happened to construct the experience." A Marxist who took acid in Las Vegas probably would have an experience quite different from mine.
But, as delicious as these characterizations can be, they also perpetuate notions of "subversiveness" that are relegated to whispered asides and neurotic machinations, with strategy reduced to scheming, process to petty manipulation.
Power and Literature: Strategies of Subversiveness in the Romanian Novel
For example, she claims that Marc by Marc Jacobs, the high-end designer's more affordable diffusion line, "may not be made with the same tailoring or quality of materials as the flagship brand," but it does "capture the bohemianism and subversiveness that has made the designer so celebrated and revered." No one would use the word "revered" about a fashion designer who was not speaking for herself.
There is a heft to the things he makes, and a light-hearted subversiveness to the things he does.
THE MARCOS DICTATORSHIP was a time of repression, but it was also a time of subversiveness
Acknowledging the palimpsestic nature of the myth's many versions allows Nurkse to fuse medieval magic with post-Freudian subversiveness. The new myth emerges from the collective tales told by all the drama's characters, including animals, trees, and the living spring.
She identifies obscene comedy as a Foucauldian discourse whose semantic instability provides for medieval authors a mask or blind for political commentary, but cautions that the obscene was primarily produced and consumed by a literate elite, which could limit its subversiveness. She delineates the boundaries between medieval and modern understandings of the obscene, noting that medieval understandings encompass a range of taboo items associated with sexuality and bodily functions, as well as other non-normative behaviours such as "disobedience and resistance to the established order" (25).
The beauty of the works is their subversiveness. They creep up on you.
Gordon then describes the smothering atmosphere of Carter's childhood home life and her early marriage to Paul Carter; importantly, though, Paul introduced his wife to folk music and the British folk scene of the 1950s, perhaps Angela Carter's first major adult foray into subversiveness. The middle section of Gordon's biography focuses on her three-year residence in Japan.
It was the rise of Pop art in the 1960s that belatedly secured Magritte's success, but the commercial aftermath of his work has obscured its subversiveness. Now the disquieting acid green Granny Smith suspended before the bowler hatted face of Le Fils de l'homme (1964) or the 'Ceci n'est pas une pipe' motto in La Trahison des images (1929) seem as unlikely to arouse further argument as a Dali melting clock or a Klimt kiss.