Subvert meaning

səb-vûrt
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.

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To overthrow or destroy (a government or an established order or authority).
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To overthrow or destroy (something established)
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To undermine or corrupt, as in morals.
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To cause to serve a purpose other than the original or established one; commandeer or redirect.
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To pervert, as the mind, and turn it from the truth; to corrupt; to confound.

A dictator stays in power only as long as he manages to subvert the will of his people.

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To upturn convention from the foundation by undermining it (literally, to turn from beneath).
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To undermine, overturn, or render ineffective (a rule or an established notion, such as a stereotype, for example).
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To undermine, mislead, or betray.
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Origin of subvert

  • Middle English subverten from Old French subvertir from Latin subvertere sub- sub- vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English subverten, from Latin subvertō (“to overthrow", literally “to underturn, turn from beneath").

    From Wiktionary

  • Back-formation from subvertising, by analogy with advert.

    From Wiktionary