- 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.
tending or seeking to subvert, overthrow, or destroy (an established government, institution, belief, etc.)
Origin of subversiveMedieval Latin subversivus ; from Classical Latin subversus, past participle of subvertere: see subvert
a person regarded as subversive
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.
(comparative more subversive, superlative most subversive)
See to subvert.