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subvert

Definition of subvert

Etymology

    From Middle English subverten, from Latin subvertō (“to overthrow”, literally “to underturn, turn from beneath”).

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /səbˈvɜːt/, SAMPA: /s@b"v3:t/
  • (US) enPR: səbvûrtʹ, IPA: /səbˈvɝt/, SAMPA: /s@b"v3`t/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)t

Verb

subvert (third-person singular simple present subverts, present participle subverting, simple past and past participle subverted)

  1. (transitive) To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly.
  2. (transitive) To pervert, as the mind, and turn it from the truth; to corrupt; to confound.
  3. (transitive) To upturn convention from the foundation by undermining it (literally, to turn from beneath).

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