[ suhb-vurt ]
/ səbˈvɜrt /

verb (used with object)

to overthrow (something established or existing).
to cause the downfall, ruin, or destruction of.
to undermine the principles of; corrupt.

Nearby words

  1. subvaginal,
  2. subvene,
  3. subvention,
  4. subversion,
  5. subversive,
  6. subviral,
  7. subvirus,
  8. subvisible,
  9. subvocal,
  10. subvocal speech

Origin of subvert

1325–75; Middle English subverten < Latin subvertere to overthrow, equivalent to sub- sub- + vertere to turn

Related formssub·vert·er, nounun·sub·vert·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for subvert


/ (səbˈvɜːt) /

verb (tr)

to bring about the complete downfall or ruin of (something existing or established by a system of law, etc)
to undermine the moral principles of (a person, etc); corrupt
Derived Formssubverter, noun

Word Origin for subvert

C14: from Latin subvertere to overturn, from sub- from below + vertere to turn

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Word Origin and History for subvert



late 14c., "to raze, destroy, overthrow," from Middle French subvertir, from Latin subvertere, from sub "under" (see sub-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Subverted; subverting.

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