to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully or secretly to perform some misdeed or to commit a crime The drug cartel suborned the local police department to turn a blind eye to their trafficking.
to induce (a person, especially a witness) to give false testimony.
to obtain (false testimony) from a witness.
- sub·or·na·tion [suhb-awr-ney-shuhn], /ˌsʌb ɔrˈneɪ ʃən/, noun
- sub·or·na·tive [suh-bawr-nuh-tiv], /səˈbɔr nə tɪv/, adjective
- sub·orn·er, noun
- un·sub·orned, adjective
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How to use suborn in a sentence
These perfect servants never make a mistake and they cannot be suborned.
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 | THE 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 | THE 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.The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor | Various
British Dictionary definitions for suborn
to bribe, incite, or instigate (a person) to commit a wrongful act
criminal law to induce (a witness) to commit perjury
- subornation (ˌsʌbɔːˈneɪʃən), noun
- subornative (sʌˈbɔːnətɪv), adjective
- suborner, noun
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