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subversive

[ suhb-vur-siv ]
/ səbˈvɜr sɪv /
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adjective

Also sub·ver·sion·ar·y [suhb-vur-zhuh-ner-ee, -shuh-]. /səbˈvɜr ʒəˌnɛr i, -ʃə-/. tending or intending to subvert or overthrow, destroy, or undermine an established or existing system, especially a legally constituted government or a set of beliefs.

noun

a person who adopts subversive principles or policies.

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Origin of subversive

1635–45; <Latin subvers(us) (past participle of subvertere to subvert) + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for subversive

subversive
/ (səbˈvɜːsɪv) /

adjective

liable to subvert or overthrow a government, legally constituted institution, etc

noun

a person engaged in subversive activities, etc

Derived forms of subversive

subversively, adverbsubversiveness, noun
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