subversive

[suhb-vur-siv]
adjective
1.
Also, subversionary [suhb-vur-zhuh-ner-ee, -shuh-] . tending to subvert or advocating subversion, especially in an attempt to overthrow or cause the destruction of an established or legally constituted government.
noun
2.
a person who adopts subversive principles or policies.

Origin:
1635–45; < Latin subvers(us) (past participle of subvertere to subvert) + -ive

subversively, adverb
subversivism, subversiveness, noun
countersubversive, noun
nonsubversive, adjective
nonsubversively, adverb
nonsubversiveness, noun
self-subversive, adjective
unsubversive, adjective
unsubversively, adverb
unsubversiveness, noun


1. traitorous, treacherous, seditious, destructive.
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subversive (səbˈvɜːsɪv)
 
adj
1.  liable to subvert or overthrow a government, legally constituted institution, etc
 
n
2.  a person engaged in subversive activities, etc
 
sub'versively
 
adv
 
sub'versiveness
 
n

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subversive
1640s, from L. subvers-, pp. stem of subvertere (see subvert) + -ive. As a noun, attested from 1887.
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Example sentences
The funny thing is that the album actually is alternative to what's been going
  on in pop, but certainly not subversive.
There's no know-how in it, and it's not really subversive.
What's really subversive is to try to change the system from within.
His images have an odd beauty and, at times, a subversive wit.
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