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subversive

[suh b-vur-siv] /səbˈvɜr sɪv/
adjective
1.
Also, subversionary
[suh b-vur-zhuh-ner-ee, -shuh-] /səbˈvɜr ʒəˌnɛr i, -ʃə-/ (Show IPA)
. tending or intending to subvert or overthrow, destroy, or undermine an established or existing system, especially a legally constituted government or a set of beliefs.
noun
2.
a person who adopts subversive principles or policies.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin subvers(us) (past participle of subvertere to subvert) + -ive
Related forms
subversively, adverb
subversivism, subversiveness, noun
countersubversive, noun
nonsubversive, adjective
nonsubversively, adverb
nonsubversiveness, noun
self-subversive, adjective
unsubversive, adjective
unsubversively, adverb
unsubversiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. traitorous, treacherous, seditious, destructive.
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Examples from the web for subversive
  • 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.
  • But it's a short road from subversive upstart to established presence.
British Dictionary definitions for subversive

subversive

/səbˈvɜːsɪv/
adjective
1.
liable to subvert or overthrow a government, legally constituted institution, etc
noun
2.
a person engaged in subversive activities, etc
Derived Forms
subversively, adverb
subversiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for subversive
adj.

1640s, from Latin subvers-, past participle stem of subvertere (see subvert) + -ive. As a noun, attested from 1887.

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