subvert

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v subvert destroy completely "we must not let our civil liberties be subverted by the current crisis"
    • v subvert cause the downfall of; of rulers "The Czar was overthrown","subvert the ruling class"
    • v subvert destroy property or hinder normal operations "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"
    • v subvert 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Subvert To overthrow anything from the foundation; to be subversive. "They have a power given to them like that of the evil principle, to subvert and destroy."
    • Subvert To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly. "These are his substance, sinews, arms, and strength,
      With which he yoketh your rebellious necks,
      Razeth your cities, and subverts your towns."
      "This would subvert the principles of all knowledge."
    • Subvert To pervert, as the mind, and turn it from the truth; to corrupt; to confound.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • subvert To overthrow; overturn; ruin utterly; destroy.
    • subvert Synonyms Overthrow, Invert, etc. See overturn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Subvert sub-vėrt′ to turn upside down: to overthrow from the foundation: to ruin utterly: to corrupt
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Quotations

  • Carl Schurz
    Carl Schurz
    “From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “An orator who is disposed to evil subverts the law.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. subvertere, subversum,; sub, under + vertere, to turn: cf. F. subvertir,. See Verse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sub, under, vertĕre, versum, to turn.

Usage

In literature:

I impeach him in the name of the people of India, whose laws, rights and liberties he has subverted.
"Standard Selections" by Various
That the enemies of slavery desire to subvert the Constitution and to dissolve the Union.
"Autographs for Freedom, Volume 2 (of 2) (1854)" by Various
I question, however, if there is to be gained any ultimate good by subverting truth and popularizing error.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917" by Various
The canons of good government as above set out are entirely subverted.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
To maintain the contrary, every principle of the laws of nature and nations must be subverted.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
As a result, the former thrift of the village has been entirely subverted.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
That he hath subverted all law, justice, and good order, whereby he hath fearfully shaken the chair of the King's seat.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
There was danger that a government which neglected such talents might be subverted by them.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
In my opinion it does so at this moment, but not to the extent of being subverted.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
These conclusions inspired, it is true, much distrust, consequently there were no received ideas on the subject to be subverted.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Under such conditions as mentioned, faith and love are subverted.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The whole standard of moral values is subverted.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
Men's names are tattooed on the forearm; it is common to find a subverted letter tattooed there.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Bands of brigands unite to subvert a country, place it under tribute, seize its lands, enslave its inhabitants.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Bands of brigands unite to subvert a country, place it under tribute, seize its lands, enslave its inhabitants.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III. 1791-1804" by Thomas Paine
And she has overwhelmed with power or ridicule all attempts at subverting the monarchy.
"Graham's Magazine, Vol XXXIII, No. 6, December 1848" by Various
He indignantly disclaimed the idea of any design to subvert the existing government.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
Federal election laws thus degrade States into petty municipalities and subvert liberty.
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
A plot to subvert the government, 55 81.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
The nonconformists remained in the church and continued their efforts to subvert its episcopal system.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 4" by Various
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In poetry:

ROBERT MURDOCK. These blind strokes shall not serve you.
Think you if you were drowning, I would spare
To make you powerless to subvert my efforts
To rescue you?
"The Wynnes Of Wynhavod. Act IV" by Emily Pfeiffer
Did not the wily fiend observe with pain,
That prayer lessen'd his extensive sway,
And seem'd most likely to subvert his reign,
He ne'er wou'd hinder any one to pray.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
Enough of tears has wept the virtuous dead;
Ah! might we now the pious rage control!
Hush'd be my grief ere every smile be fled,
Ere the deep-swelling sigh subvert the soul!
"Elegy VIII. He Describes His Early Love of Poetry, and Its Consequences" by William Shenstone

In news:

This show at Bardot both fits in with the overall electronic Zeitgeist of the week and subverts it.
A trick for subverting secure transactions is publicized so the bad guys can't exploit it.
Is America's second holiday a commercialized travesty, or still a chance to subvert the status quo.
It will subvert an election required to end our state constitution's ban on casinos.
Subverting the Constitution is serious business.
The voter ID mess subverts an American birthright .
After two decades of fighting to clean up the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site, longtime activists say their efforts are being subverted by a Boeing-backed effort to recruit new community voices.
The election eve mood is tinged with sadness stemming from well-founded fear that America’s new government is subverting America’s old character.
WASHINGTON —The election eve mood is tinged with sadness stemming from well-founded fear that America's new government is subverting America's old character.
T he election eve mood is tinged with sadness stemming from well-founded fear that America's new government is subverting America's old character.
WASHINGTON – The election eve mood is tinged with sadness stemming from well-founded fear that America's new government is subverting America's old character.
THE immigration-policy mess has once again subverted traditional civics lessons.
Salman "Sal" Khan doesn't want to be the nation's education czar: He'd rather subvert the American education model from within.
Pope Benedict subverts the party line .
Those two facts combine to limit Canada Post's options and defeat any developer's attempts to subvert preserving this beautiful remarkable piece of Canadian heritage.
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In science:

An approach based on classical arrival time considerations, as done sometime in current literature, completely subvert the causal relation in the observed astrophysical phenomenon. 2.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
Given that clock fields are such outstanding tools for subverting otherwise promising criteria for substantive general covariance, it seems advisable (assuming that one has already converted all nonvariational fields into clock fields) to understand substantive general covariance in terms of the absence of clock fields.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
Even if the company is not interested in subverting an election, all it takes is one rogue programmer who works for any of these companies. Most of the software packages require an installation procedure where the system registry is modified, libraries are installed, and the computer must reboot.
Security Considerations for Remote Electronic Voting over the Internet
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