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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subornverb

    incite to commit a crime or an evil deed

    "He suborned his butler to cover up the murder of his wife"

  2. subornverb

    procure (false testimony or perjury)

  3. subornverb

    induce to commit perjury or give false testimony

    "The President tried to suborn false witnesses"


  1. subornverb

    To induce someone to commit an unlawful or malicious act, or to commit perjury

  2. Etymology: Borrowed from subornare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SUBORNverb

    Etymology: suborner, Fr. suborno, Latin.

    His judges were the self-same men by whom his accusers were suborned. Richard Hooker.

    Fond wretch, thou know’st not what thou speak’st,
    Or else thou art suborn’d against his honour
    In hateful practice. William Shakespeare.

    Reason may meet
    Some specious object, by the foe suborn’d;
    And fall into deception. John Milton.

    His artful bosom heaves dissembl’d sighs;
    And tears suborn’d fall dropping from his eyes. Matthew Prior.

    Those who by ling’ring sickness lose their breath,
    And those who by despair suborn their death. Dryden.


  1. suborn

    In American law, Scots law, and under the laws of some English-speaking Commonwealth nations, subornation of perjury is the crime of persuading or permitting a person to commit perjury, which is the swearing of a false oath to tell the truth in a legal proceeding, whether spoken or written.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subornverb

    to procure or cause to take a false oath amounting to perjury, such oath being actually taken

  2. Subornverb

    to procure privately, or by collusion; to procure by indirect means; to incite secretly; to instigate

  3. Etymology: [F. suborner, L. subornare; sub under, secretly + ornare to furnish, provide, equip, adorn. See Ornament.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suborn

    sub-orn′, v.t. to cause to commit a perjury: to procure indirectly.—ns. Subornā′tion, act of causing a person to take a false oath: crime of procuring any one to do a bad action; Suborn′er. [L. subornāresub, under, ornāre, to adorn.]

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  1. bourns

  2. burons

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suborn in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suborn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of suborn in a Sentence

  1. Ken Cuccinelli:

    We would expect the most likely types of problems to be ones of disinformation and trying to suborn confidence in the election.

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