- The definition of subversive is something that is trying to destroy or overthrow something like a government or an idea.
An example of subversive is propaganda writing.
Origin: ML subversivus from Classical Latin subversus, past participle of subvertere: see subvert
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- sub·verˈsive·ly adverb
- sub·verˈsive·ness noun