What does subversion mean?

Definitions for subversionsəbˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word subversion.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. corruption, subversion(noun)

    destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity

    "corruption of a minor"; "the big city's subversion of rural innocence"

  2. subversion, subversive activity(noun)

    the act of subverting; as overthrowing or destroying a legally constituted government


  1. subversion(Noun)

    the act of subverting or the condition of being subverted

  2. subversion(Noun)

    a systematic attempt to overthrow a government by working from within; undermining

  3. Origin: From subversion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subversion(noun)

    the act of overturning, or the state of being overturned; entire overthrow; an overthrow from the foundation; utter ruin; destruction; as, the subversion of a government; the subversion of despotic power; the subversion of the constitution

  2. Origin: [L. subversio: cf. F. subversion. See Subvert.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. subversion

    Actions designed to undermine the military, economic, psychological, or political strength or morale of a governing authority. See also unconventional warfare.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subversion in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subversion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dwight D. Eisenhower:

    May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

  2. Liu Xiaoyuan:

    For the crime to become as serious as state subversion, it's a completely political charge.

  3. Li Yuhan:

    Wang Yu has provided her legal services to people on the lowest rungs of society. I never thought that she would be charged with subversion of state power, i just don't understand this.

  4. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani:

    We will always respect critics and we tell them, just like supporters, that they have received government protection and will continue to do so, but subversion has no place in this country.

  5. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

Images & Illustrations of subversion

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Translations for subversion

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • SubversionGerman
  • ανατροπή, υπονόμευσηGreek
  • subversión, desestabilizaciónSpanish
  • kumouksellisuus, kumous, mullistus, [[valtionvastainen]] [[toiminta]]Finnish
  • विनाHindi
  • sovversioneItalian
  • 倒す, 破壊, 転覆Japanese
  • omverwerpingDutch
  • subversãoPortuguese
  • низложение, низвержение, подрыв, свержение, подрывная деятельностьRussian
  • subversionSwedish
  • yıkılma, hükümeti devirme, bozulmaTurkish
  • диверсіяUkrainian
  • 顛覆Chinese

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