[ suh b-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n ]
/ səbˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən /


an act or instance of subverting.
the state of being subverted; destruction.
something that subverts or overthrows.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for subversion


/ (səbˈvɜːʃən) /


the act or an instance of subverting or overthrowing a legally constituted government, institution, etc
the state of being subverted; destruction or ruin
something that brings about an overthrow

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



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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