verb (used with object)
- to induce (a person, especially a witness) to give false testimony.
- to obtain (false testimony) from a witness.
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Origin of suborn
OTHER WORDS FROM subornsub·or·na·tion [suhb-awr-ney-shuhn], /ˌsʌb ɔrˈneɪ ʃən/, nounsub·or·na·tive [suh-bawr-nuh-tiv], /səˈbɔr nə tɪv/, adjectivesub·orn·er, nounun·sub·orned, adjective
Words nearby suborn
Example sentences from the Web for suborn
This time, the heirs of the Confederacy have learned that is more effective to suborn the government than secede.The South Has Indeed Risen Again and It’s Called the Tea Party|Jack Schwartz|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
By rejecting this last attempt to suborn a dereliction of duty, Henry saved my reputation, my honor, my life, really.John McCain’s Surprising Toast at Kissinger’s 90th Birthday Party|The Daily Beast|June 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If Blondel tampered with any one, he would naturally, if he knew aught of the house, suborn Claude or Anne.The Long Night|Stanley Weyman
Was there no postman or postmaster whom he could suborn to intercept them for him?Denis Dent|Ernest W. Hornung
Meanwhile you suborn 'unwarranted belief' by making belief a matter of reward and penalty.The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)|Leslie Stephen
But the audacious Lauzun found means to suborn a well-meaning simpleton of a priest, who married them secretly the very same day.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete|Madame La Marquise De Montespan
For this purpose, he endeavoured to suborn a poet who lived under his patronage.