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subvert

[suh b-vurt] /səbˈvɜrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to overthrow (something established or existing).
2.
to cause the downfall, ruin, or destruction of.
3.
to undermine the principles of; corrupt.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English subverten < Latin subvertere to overthrow, equivalent to sub- sub- + vertere to turn
Related forms
subverter, noun
unsubverted, adjective
Synonyms
1. upset, disrupt, undermine, overturn, sabotage.
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Examples from the web for subverts
  • Collectively, of course, this practice subverts the purpose.
  • Virtually every numerical figure possesses a hidden significance which subverts any attempt to take it at face value.
  • In fact, the artist seems committed to producing work that subverts the basic intention of art in identical editions.
British Dictionary definitions for subverts

subvert

/səbˈvɜːt/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
subverter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin subvertere to overturn, from sub- from below + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for subverts

subvert

v.

late 14c., "to raze, destroy, overthrow," from Middle French subvertir, from Latin subvertere, from sub "under" (see sub-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Subverted; subverting.

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