sabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract, subvert, weaken(verb)
destroy property or hinder normal operations
"The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"
hollow out as if making a cave or opening
"The river was caving the banks"
To dig underneath (something), to make a passage or for destructive or military purposes; to sap.
To weaken or work against; to hinder, sabotage.
The war efforts were undermined by the constant bickering between the allies.
to excavate the earth beneath, or the part of, especially for the purpose of causing to fall or be overthrown; to form a mine under; to sap; as, to undermine a wall
fig.: To remove the foundation or support of by clandestine means; to ruin in an underhand way; as, to undermine reputation; to undermine the constitution of the state
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
un-dėr-mīn′, v.t. to form mines under, in order to destroy: to destroy secretly the foundation or support of anything.—n. Undermī′ner, one who undermines, a secret enemy.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
To dig an excavation under any fort, house, or other building, so as to cause it to fall down or to blow it up with powder.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'undermine' in Verbs Frequency: #716
The numerical value of undermine in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of undermine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of undermine in a Sentence
The GRU's actions are reckless and indiscriminate : Russian GRU intelligence service operatives try to undermine and interfere in elections in other countries ; Russian GRU intelligence service operatives are even prepared to damage Russian companies and Russian citizens.
This has the potential to undermine the Belt and Road coherence and its ability to achieve the goals that Chinese officials actually talk about.
For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history. Exorbitant tolls undermine other constitutional liberties.
It's disappointing to see these officials, who are supposed to be maintaining public safety, try to undermine it.
While Democrats attempt to undermine Brian Kemp's convincing victory seven days ago, we remain confident in the local elections officials who are certifying the results.
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Translations for undermine
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- υποσκάπτω, υπονομεύωGreek
- heikentää, sabotoidaFinnish
- חתר תחתHebrew
- ondermijnen, ontwrichtenDutch
- solapar, minarPortuguese
- surpa, submina, săpaRomanian
- подрывать, подкопать, подорвать, подкапывать, подрытьRussian
- поткопати, potkopavati, поткопавати, potkopatiSerbo-Croatian
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