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subversion

[suh b-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of subverting.
  2. the state of being subverted; destruction.
  3. something that subverts or overthrows.
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Origin of subversion

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin subversiōn- (stem of subversiō) an overthrowing. See sub-, version
Related formsan·ti·sub·ver·sion, nounnon·sub·ver·sion, noun
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Related Words for subversion

destruction, sabotage, defeat, revolution, overthrow, disruption

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Historical Examples of subversion

  • Neither had he been anxious to exert himself for its subversion.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • Therefore, the logical place to look for subversion is in the slums.

  • Your jargon was 'peace,' which meant Spanish invasion and Scottish subversion.

    Raleigh

    Edmund Gosse

  • Your jargon was peace, which meant Spanish invasion and Scottish subversion.'

    Sir Walter Ralegh

    William Stebbing

  • What, but its subversion, its disseverment, by its own internal antagonism?


British Dictionary definitions for subversion

subversion

noun
  1. the act or an instance of subverting or overthrowing a legally constituted government, institution, etc
  2. the state of being subverted; destruction or ruin
  3. something that brings about an overthrow
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Word Origin for subversion

C14: from Late Latin subversiō destruction, from Latin subvertere to subvert
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Word Origin and History for subversion

n.

late 14c., "physical destruction, demolition, ruination," from Old French subversion, from Late Latin subversionem (nominative subversio) "an overthrow, ruin, destruction," from past participle stem of subvertere (see subvert).

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