[suhb-vur-zhuhn, -shuhn]
an act or instance of subverting.
the state of being subverted; destruction.
something that subverts or overthrows.

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin subversiōn- (stem of subversiō) an overthrowing. See sub-, version

antisubversion, noun
nonsubversion, noun Unabridged
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subversion (səbˈvɜːʃən)
1.  the act or an instance of subverting or overthrowing a legally constituted government, institution, etc
2.  the state of being subverted; destruction or ruin
3.  something that brings about an overthrow
[C14: from Late Latin subversiō destruction, from Latin subvertere to subvert]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. subversion, from L.L. subversionem (nom. subversio) "an overthrow, ruin, destruction," from pp. stem of subvertere (see subvert).
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Example sentences
Fear holds me back, as the words espionage and subversion course through my
Late last year he was sentenced to ten years' jail for subversion.
He doesn't care if the government calls it subversion.
The book describes the regime's repression, corruption and incompetence at
  home, and its aggression and subversion abroad.
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