- 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 suborned
In the 1950s, people worried that government officials who traveled abroad might have been suborned by communist agents.'Transparency' is Overrated
July 11, 2012
He seduced and suborned some of its biggest stars with big paydays delivered to secret bank accounts.Raj Deserved It
Allan Dodds Frank
October 26, 2011
Had the Teutons suborned him the Marshal could not have done them a better turn.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
The belief was that Parker was suborned to refuse longer to publish it.
She mended and darned for them and suborned old women to help her.The Rough Road
William John Locke
Spies were paid; witnesses were suborned; juries were packed.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 1 of 3
Henry Thomas Buckle
I know that they were suborned by Probus and that they are in the power of Merridew.The Orange Girl
- 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 suborned
"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.