from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To destroy completely; ruin: "schemes to subvert the liberties of a great community” ( Alexander Hamilton).
- transitive v. To undermine the character, morals, or allegiance of; corrupt.
- transitive v. To overthrow completely: "Economic assistance ... must subvert the existing ... feudal or tribal order” ( Henry A. Kissinger). See Synonyms at overthrow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly.
- v. To pervert, as the mind, and turn it from the truth; to corrupt; to confound.
- v. To upturn convention from the foundation by undermining it (literally, to turn from beneath).
- n. An advertisement created by subvertising.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly.
- transitive v. To pervert, as the mind, and turn it from the truth; to corrupt; to confound.
- intransitive v. To overthrow anything from the foundation; to be subversive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To overthrow; overturn; ruin utterly; destroy.
- Synonyms Overthrow, Invert, etc. See overturn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause the downfall of; of rulers
- v. destroy property or hinder normal operations
- v. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
- v. destroy completely
Middle English subverten, from Old French subvertir, from Latin subvertere : sub-, sub- + vertere, to turn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English subverten, from Latin subvertō ("to overthrow", literally "to underturn, turn from beneath"). (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from subvertising, by analogy with advert. (Wiktionary)