- Also sub·ver·sion·ar·y [suh b-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.
- a person who adopts subversive principles or policies.
Origin of subversive
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1. traitorous, treacherous, seditious, destructive.
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Examples from the Web for subversiveness
You don't perceive the subversiveness of literature when you live in a free society.The Politics of Literature: An interview with Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa
October 10, 2013
But her subversiveness has its bounds, and this is what makes her such a skilled politician.Why Palin Drives Us All Mad
March 31, 2010
- liable to subvert or overthrow a government, legally constituted institution, etc
- a person engaged in subversive activities, etc
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Word Origin and History for subversiveness
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