Definitions for subversivesəbˈvɜr sɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sub•ver•sivesəbˈvɜr sɪv(adj.; n.)

  1. tending to subvert or advocating subversion, esp. in an attempt to overthrow or undermine a legally constituted government.

    Category: Government

  2. (n.)a person who adopts subversive principles or policies.

    Category: Government

Origin of subversive:

1635–45; < L subvers(us), ptp. of subvertere to subvert+ -ive


Princeton's WordNet

  1. revolutionist, revolutionary, subversive, subverter(adj)

    a radical supporter of political or social revolution

  2. insurgent, seditious, subversive(adj)

    in opposition to a civil authority or government


  1. subversive(Noun)

    a radical supporter of political or social revolution

  2. subversive(Adjective)

    Intending to subvert, overturn or undermine a government or authority

  3. Origin: See to subvert.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subversive(adj)

    tending to subvert; having a tendency to overthrow and ruin

Translations for subversive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


likely to destroy or overthrow (government, discipline in a school etc)

That boy is a subversive influence in this class.

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