• WordNet 3.6
    • adj subversive in opposition to a civil authority or government
    • n subversive a radical supporter of political or social revolution
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Subversive Tending to subvert; having a tendency to overthrow and ruin. "Lying is a vice subversive of the very ends and design of conversation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • subversive Tending to subvert; having a tendency to overthrow and ruin: with of.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Subversive tending to subvert, overthrow, or destroy
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  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    “Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity.”
  • Paul Johnson
    Paul Johnson
    “The most socially subversive institution of our time is the one-parent family.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion.”
  • Henry Miller
    “The new always carries with it the sense of violation, of sacrilege. What is dead is sacred; what is new, that is different, is evil, dangerous, or subversive.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Thoughts is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. subversif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sub, under, vertĕre, versum, to turn.


In literature:

Sand with an inflection which made its own comment upon such a subversion of discipline.
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
It gives assurance, at least, that no particularly wild schemes or subversive changes shall be made.
"Spanish Life in Town and Country" by L. Higgin and Eugène E. Street
Parliament of Paris, observations on its subversion, xii.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.)" by Edmund Burke
Are trusts, in their tendency, subversive of industrial liberty?
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index" by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
He thought them contrary to natural right, and subversive of the treaties by which the two nations were connected.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 5 (of 5)" by John Marshall
They were devised by Arran and by Archbishop Adamson, who persistently used his influence at Court for the subversion of Presbytery.
"Andrew Melville" by William Morison
You don't know how strong and well-organized the subversives are.
"Security" by Poul William Anderson
The facts he claims to have established are too subversive to accept on his word alone.
"The Shadow World" by Hamlin Garland
Political equality neither assumes nor infers social equality; and therefore is not subversive of social order.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
I doubt if he's got a criminal or subversive record, but you never know.
"Subversive" by Dallas McCord Reynolds

In poetry:

I am shocked beyond words!
(Said the statesman. 'Tis crime
That the clamoring herds
Should seek war at this time.
For a criminal war is sheer folly
Subversive to ideals sublime.
"The Criminal War" by C J Dennis

In news:

Yet this Mississippi group has a subversive streak that is miles wide.
Gallery featuring 80s day-glo and poster subversion .
People often think things that are creative, or even subversive , in culture will be the newest or best things around - the type of ideas that no one else has thought of.
Playful, Subversive Covers Give Nabokov's Books New Life.
The subversive nature of Stacey Campfield.
King's Dream, Caribbean Voices And Subversive Compositions.
Like 'Dilbert,' but Subversive and Online.
HAVANA — Cuba denounced the American diplomatic mission on the island on Friday for what it called subversive activities designed to undermine the government of Raul Castro, a shot across the bow just four days before the US election.
But Showtime's taut political thriller is also "subversive to its core.".
Sharp and entertaining, Collapse pulls back from the brink of subversion.
Kevin Hickey's Chicagocentric replacement for Seasons is playfully subversive.
Zahedi was promised "no restraints at all" on subject matter, tone or style, even though the festival's official theme was " art as a subversive act.".
The most subversive question about higher education has always been whether the college makes the student or the student makes the college.
Unicorn Theatre launches a subversive Christmas 'Carol '.
Mr Gross, 63, has been jailed in Cuba since Dec 3, 2009, and is serving a 15-year sentence for providing Internet equipment to Cubans under an American program that Cuba considers to be subversive.

In science:

We used Subversion (svn) [Tig] in order to manage the source code, makefile, and documentation revisions.
On Implementation of a Safer C Library, ISO/IEC TR 24731
Unlike traditional non-distributed version control systems such as rcs, cvs and subversion, Git repositories (and those of some other DVCSs, too) are “complete” in the sense that the developer has essentially unlimited access, even when offline, to the entire history of a repository.
A Wiki for Mizar: Motivation, Considerations, and Initial Prototype
This general idea has been rather controversial, mainly because of its subversive implications for the current standard model of galaxy formation.
Particles and Fields in Radio Galaxies: A Summary
The Subversion project: buiding a better CVS.
Introducing Automated Regression Testing in Open Source Projects
The Rusnak./ Allfirst case is the perfect illustration of this subversion [Chadwick, 2003].
The Role of Spreadsheets in the Allied Irish Bank / Allfirst Currency Trading Fraud