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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overthrow, subvert, overturn, bring downverb

    cause the downfall of; of rulers

    "The Czar was overthrown"; "subvert the ruling class"

  2. corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirectverb

    corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

    "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"

  3. sabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract, subvert, weakenverb

    destroy property or hinder normal operations

    "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"

  4. subvertverb

    destroy completely

    "we must not let our civil liberties be subverted by the current crisis"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SUBVERTverb

    Etymology: subvertir, French; subverto, Latin.

    God, by things deem’d weak,
    Subverts the worldly strong and worldly wise. John Milton.

    No proposition can be received for divine revelation, if contradictory to our clear intuitive knowledge; because this would subvert the principles of all knowledge John Locke.

    Trees are subverted or broken by high winds. John Mortimer.

    Strive not about words to no purpose, but to the subverting of the hearers. 2 Tim. ii. 14.


  1. subvert

    To subvert means to undermine, overthrow, or destabilize an established system, institution, belief, or authority, often secretly and gradually. This could refer to a political government, a societal norm, or any other form of established authority or practice. Subversion often includes challenging or disrupting existing structures to initiate change.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subvertverb

    to overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly

  2. Subvertverb

    to pervert, as the mind, and turn it from the truth; to corrupt; to confound

  3. Subvertverb

    to overthrow anything from the foundation; to be subversive

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Subvert

    sub-vėrt′, v.t. to turn upside down: to overthrow from the foundation: to ruin utterly: to corrupt.—n. Subver′sion, act of subverting or overthrowing from the foundation: entire overthrow: ruin.—adjs. Subver′sionary, Subver′sive, tending to subvert, overthrow, or destroy.—p.adj. Subverst′ (Spens.), subverted, overturned.—n. Subvert′er.—adj. Subvert′ible. [L. sub, under, vertĕre, versum, to turn.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subvert in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subvert in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of subvert in a Sentence

  1. Omar Humidan of the GNC:

    The U.N. and Europe cannot oblige us to sit at the table with terrorists, forming a unity government with leaders of extremist movements, as proposed by mediators would... subvert the results of elections and the will of the vast majority of Libyan citizens.

  2. Woodward Bernstein:

    Carl and I, and our endless discussions, agree... there is an abundance of overwhelming evidence that this was a criminal conspiracy to subvert a lawful function of government.

  3. Bryan Fuller:

    It was a lot of fun to tell that story in a way that was very familiar to audiences and to be able to subvert that with certain plot changes, and also the dynamic we've learned the past few years with the characters and how they relate to each other.

  4. Metropolitan Police:

    Mehmet Oz is no ordinary Republican. He has aligned himself with Donald Trump, the first president in U.S. history to send his supporters to attack their fellow Americans, police officers, in an attempt to subvert democracy.

  5. Rick Hasen:

    Every day that passes makes it legally and politically less likely that President Donald Trump can pull off this crazy attempt to subvert the will of the people, the system is kind of on autopilot.

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Translations for subvert

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  • korrumpieren, stürzen, unterlaufen, zerrütten, untergraben, umstoßenGerman
  • subverterSpanish
  • mullistaa, horjuttaa, tuhota, kumota, vastamainos, kukistaaFinnish
  • renverserFrench
  • megdöntHungarian
  • corrompereItalian
  • VERTOLatin
  • corrumperen, protestreclame, ondergraven, omverwerpenDutch
  • subverterPortuguese
  • подрывать, разрушать, свергать, развращать, ниспровергатьRussian
  • omstörta, störtaSwedish
  • ล้มล้างThai
  • lật đổVietnamese

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    an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
    A inspire
    B jeopardize
    C acclaim
    D doom

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