- to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully or secretly to perform some misdeed or to commit a crime.
- 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
December 8, 2013
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
The single sentry he could suborn, or else—if bribery failed—poniard.Love-at-Arms
Shall I shoot the dog below who dares to attempt to suborn our men?Jones of the 64th
F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton
They suborn their reason to declare in favour of their necessity.
Was there no postman or postmaster whom he could suborn to intercept them for him?Denis Dent
Ernest W. Hornung
It is they who suborn our press and blind the eyes of our people.The Machine
- to bribe, incite, or instigate (a person) to commit a wrongful act
- criminal law to induce (a witness) to commit perjury
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.