subversion

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

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM subversion

an·ti·sub·ver·sion, nounnon·sub·ver·sion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for subversion

subversion
/ (səbˈvɜːʃən) /

noun

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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