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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
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British Dictionary definitions for suborner

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
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Word Origin and History for suborner

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.

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