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Definitions for subversive
səbˈvɜr sɪvsub·ver·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. revolutionist, revolutionary, subversive, subverteradjective

    a radical supporter of political or social revolution

  2. insurgent, seditious, subversiveadjective

    in opposition to a civil authority or government


  1. subversivenoun

    a radical supporter of political or social revolution

  2. subversiveadjective

    Intending to subvert, overturn or undermine a government or authority

  3. Etymology: See to subvert.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Subversiveadjective

    Having tendency to overturn.

    Etymology: from subvert.

    Lying is a vice subversive of the very ends and design of conversation. John Rogers.


  1. subversive

    Subversive refers to any activity, person, or idea intended to undermine, overthrow, or significantly weaken the power or authority of an established system, structure, or institution, such as a government, religion, or societal norms and conventions. Subversive actions can be in the form of rebellion, resistance, dissent, or disruptive innovation. It usually has a negative connotation but can be seen as positive in cases when the established systems are oppressive or unjust.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subversiveadjective

    tending to subvert; having a tendency to overthrow and ruin

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. subversif.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subversive in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subversive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of subversive in a Sentence

  1. Ibn-e-Safi:

    Man after the second half of the twentieth century is frustrated. You know that the foundation of all subversiveness is laid on frustration and this frustration keeps finding ways to subversive activities. And you also know that an uncert...ain present has made man pessimistic about future... therefore he runs after anything that glitters, be it fire

  2. Luz Palmas Zaldua:

    It determines not only that state terrorism in Argentina was an criminal conspiracy but that it was coordinated with other dictatorships, they got together to maximize efforts to persecute political opponents of each of the dictatorships, and to 'disappear' or eliminate those who were considered subversive.

  3. Heba Amin:

    Based on previous episodes, they had made many mistakes and it was clear that they didn't have a strong research team, and so I figured this was the opportunity to incorporate subversive graffiti, what we are trying to raise is that regardless whether or not the show is fiction, it still has very dangerous implications because they're basically stereotyping an enormous region of people.

  4. Mike Vigil:

    The National Guard has been key to opening up the doors into Venezuela for Colombian drug trafficking organizations and subversive groups, they have transformed Venezuela into a massive pipeline for cocaine into the United States and Europe.

  5. Livy:

    All such distinctions as tend to set the orders of the state at a distance from each other are equally subversive of liberty and concord.

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