American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To induce (a person) to commit an unlawful or evil act.
- v. Law To induce (a person) to commit perjury.
- v. Law To procure (perjured testimony).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To furnish; equip; adorn; ornament.
- To furnish or procure unlawfully; procure by indirect moans.
- To bribe or unlawfully procure to some act of wickedness—specifically, in law, to giving false testimony; induce, as a witness, to perjury.
- v. transitive To induce to commit an unlawful or malicious act, or to commit perjury
- v. transitive To procure privately, or by collusion; to incite secretly; to instigate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Law) To procure or cause to take a false oath amounting to perjury, such oath being actually taken.
- v. To procure privately, or by collusion; to procure by indirect means; to incite secretly; to instigate.
- v. incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
- v. induce to commit perjury or give false testimony
- v. procure (false testimony or perjury)
- Borrowed from Latin sūbornāre. (Wiktionary)
- Latin subōrnāre : sub-, secretly; see sub- + ōrnāre, to equip; see ar- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Latin word that gave us "suborn" in the early part of the 16th century is "subornare," which translates literally as "to secretly furnish or equip.”
“The solution was for the lender and the lender's agents to (1) instruct the borrower to report a certain income or even to fill out the application with false information, (2) suborn an appraiser to provide the necessary inflated market value, and (3) create fraudulent financial information that had at least minimal coherence.”
“Big Music (aka Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music) and Hollywood (aka Time Warner, Viacom, Fox, Sony, NBC Universal and Disney) are now close to a year into their campaign to suborn various national governments, the aim being to turn them into copyright enforcement divisions, funded by local taxpayers.”
“When we suborn violence, either tacitly or overtly, as a mechanism for accomplishing everything from a good dinner to global dominion, we merely sanction its use by others as a tool for achieving whatever aim they may deem desirable.”
“Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music, and Time Warner, Viacom, Fox, Sony, NBC Universal and Disney, are trying to suborn governments around the world in their efforts to gain complete and total control of how ‘product’ is distributed online, and by whom.”
“I could understand if the "excesses" of the "Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda" were going towards ... an unnecessary war, for example, or into their or their friends own pockets, or to the corporations of large political contributors, or to suborn perjury.”
“Israel did not consult us on whether it could attack the USS Liberty in the Six-Day War, or suborn Jonathan Pollard to loot our security secrets, or transfer our weapons technology to China.”
“The attempt to set up parallel Islamic institutions and jurisdiction in Britain is a core element of the Islamist attempt to suborn and take over this country.”
“My policy is simple: We, the adepts of Set, The Snake God, should co-operate to suborn the economic system to promote the benefit of ourselves.”
“Mary displayed serene confidence in her ability to suborn the allegiance of her officers away from the king.”
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