follow Dictionary.com

What does Boxing Day have to do with boxing?

suborn

[suh-bawrn] /səˈbɔrn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully or secretly to perform some misdeed or to commit a crime.
2.
Law.
  1. to induce (a person, especially a witness) to give false testimony.
  2. to obtain (false testimony) from a witness.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin subornāre to instigate secretly, orig., to supply, equivalent to sub- sub- + ornāre to equip; see adorn
Related forms
subornation
[suhb-awr-ney-shuh n] /ˌsʌb ɔrˈneɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
subornative
[suh-bawr-nuh-tiv] /səˈbɔr nə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
suborner, noun
unsuborned, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for suborned
  • Rather, they were a fair response to the false accusations of appellants' counsel that the prosecutor had suborned perjury.
  • They used a false confession and suborned perjury and knew it.
British Dictionary definitions for suborned

suborn

/səˈbɔːn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to bribe, incite, or instigate (a person) to commit a wrongful act
2.
(criminal law) to induce (a witness) to commit perjury
Derived Forms
subornation (ˌsʌbɔːˈneɪʃən) noun
subornative (sʌˈbɔːnətɪv) adjective
suborner, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin subornāre, from sub- secretly + ornāre to furnish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for suborned

suborn

v.

"to procure by bribery, to lure (someone) to commit a crime," 1520s (implied in subornation), from Middle French suborner (13c.), from Latin subornare "suborn," originally "equip," from sub "under, secretly" (see sub-) + ornare "equip," related to ordo "order" (see order). Related: Suborned; suborning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for suborn

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for suborned

11
14
Scrabble Words With Friends