verb (used with object)
- to induce (a person, especially a witness) to give false testimony.
- to obtain (false testimony) from a witness.
Origin of suborn
Examples 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
The single sentry he could suborn, or else—if bribery failed—poniard.Love-at-Arms|Raphael Sabatini
It is they who suborn our press and blind the eyes of our people.The Machine|Upton Sinclair
Shall I shoot the dog below who dares to attempt to suborn our men?Jones of the 64th|F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton
They endeavored even to debauch our pity, and to suborn it in favor of cruelty.
They suborn their reason to declare in favour of their necessity.
British Dictionary definitions for suborn
Word Origin for suborn
Word Origin and History for suborn
"to procure by bribery, to lure (someone) to commit a crime," 1520s (implied in subornation), from Middle French suborner (13c.), from Latin subornare "suborn," originally "equip," from sub "under, secretly" (see sub-) + ornare "equip," related to ordo "order" (see order). Related: Suborned; suborning.