- Subvert is defined as to overthrow, destroy or undermine.
An example of to subvert is to defeat the enemy by causing the enemy soldiers to believe that their leaders are corrupt.
- to overthrow or destroy (something established)
- to undermine or corrupt, as in morals
Origin: Middle English subverten from Middle French subvertir from Classical Latin subvertere from sub-, sub- plush vertere, to turn: see verse
- subverter noun
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transitive verb sub·vert·ed, sub·vert·ing, sub·verts
- To destroy completely; ruin: “schemes to subvert the liberties of a great community” (Alexander Hamilton).
- To undermine the character, morals, or allegiance of; corrupt.
- To overthrow completely: “Economic assistance … must subvert the existing … feudal or tribal order” (Henry A. Kissinger). See Synonyms at overthrow.
Origin: Middle English subverten, from Old French subvertir, from Latin subvertere : sub-, sub- + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- sub·vertˈer noun