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 suborned
In the 1950s, people worried that government officials who traveled abroad might have been suborned by communist agents.
He seduced and suborned some of its biggest stars with big paydays delivered to secret bank accounts.
I have fought the claim, but witnesses were suborned and I cannot prove that I was in no way responsible.Two Boys of the Battleship|Frank V. Webster
She mended and darned for them and suborned old women to help her.The Rough Road|William John Locke
So Messalina had suborned her sons tutor, Silius, to accuse Asiaticus of corrupting the army.Under Csars' Shadow|Henry Francis Colby
Then the crafty Hagen, who had been suborned by Brunhild to the baleful deed, bided his time.The Classic Myths in English Literature and in Art (2nd ed.) (1911)|Charles Mills Gayley
Some wicked men, desirous of disgracing the anchorite, suborned a harlot to bewitch him.The Lives of the Saints, Volume 1 (of 16)|Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for suborned
Word Origin for suborn
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.