An example of to subvert is to defeat the enemy by causing the enemy soldiers to believe that their leaders are corrupt.
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 subvertÅ (“to overthrow", literally “to underturn, turn from beneath").