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suborn

[suh-bawrn]
verb (used with object)
  1. to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully or secretly to perform some misdeed or to commit a crime.
  2. Law.
    1. to induce (a person, especially a witness) to give false testimony.
    2. to obtain (false testimony) from a witness.
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Origin of suborn

1525–35; < Latin subornāre to instigate secretly, orig., to supply, equivalent to sub- sub- + ornāre to equip; see adorn
Related formssub·or·na·tion [suhb-awr-ney-shuh n] /ˌsʌb ɔrˈneɪ ʃən/, nounsub·or·na·tive [suh-bawr-nuh-tiv] /səˈbɔr nə tɪv/, adjectivesub·orn·er, nounun·sub·orned, adjective
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suborn

verb (tr)
  1. to bribe, incite, or instigate (a person) to commit a wrongful act
  2. criminal law to induce (a witness) to commit perjury
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Derived Formssubornation (ˌsʌbɔːˈneɪʃən), nounsubornative (sʌˈbɔːnətɪv), adjectivesuborner, noun

Word Origin for suborn

C16: from Latin subornāre, from sub- secretly + ornāre to furnish
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Word Origin and History for subornation

suborn

v.

"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.

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