verb (used with object)
to overthrow (something established or existing).
to cause the downfall, ruin, or destruction of.
to undermine the principles of; corrupt.

1325–75; Middle English subverten < Latin subvertere to overthrow, equivalent to sub- sub- + vertere to turn

subverter, noun
unsubverted, adjective

1. upset, disrupt, undermine, overturn, sabotage. Unabridged
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subvert (səbˈvɜːt)
1.  to bring about the complete downfall or ruin of (something existing or established by a system of law, etc)
2.  to undermine the moral principles of (a person, etc); corrupt
[C14: from Latin subvertere to overturn, from sub- from below + vertere to turn]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from M.Fr. subvertir, from L. subvertere, from sub "under" + vertere "to turn" (see versus).
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Example sentences
On this reading, the immunity law was needed to protect him from enemies who
  might otherwise subvert the will of the electorate.
If the client side package requires any download that can be detected and
  possibly used to subvert the system.
Her talent allowed her to subvert convention and redefine beauty.
Letting him keep the money seems to subvert the purpose of self-banning.
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