Definition of subvert in English:

subvert

verb

[with object]
  • Undermine the power and authority of (an established system or institution)

    ‘an attempt to subvert democratic government’
    • ‘Please reject this underhanded attempt to subvert democracy in Illinois.’
    • ‘Even exercising our vote may turn out to be no more than palliative in a democracy continually subverted by the power of money.’
    • ‘She clearly sees this as an attempt by the Republicans to steal her vote and subvert the system.’
    • ‘Reactionary attempts to abolish or subvert parliamentary democracy must be resisted.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the same group seem close to, if not the same as, those who have subverted democracy in the federal Liberal Party.’
    • ‘Sequestering this great power in an unaccountable governing agency subverts democracy itself by treating citizens as children.’
    • ‘Attempts to subvert the system while apparently remaining within it will likely be a lot more common.’
    • ‘We hate an electoral system that is driven by money and that subverts real democracy.’
    • ‘I think he will continue to find ways to subvert democracy in his own country.’
    • ‘Terrorism is hard to defend against because it subverts our institutions and turns our own freedoms and capabilities against us.’
    • ‘Someone who subverts the system of nature, by constantly using the supernatural world, is going against the will of God.’
    • ‘The parable, like the stories of the heroic women who disobeyed, in effect subverts the patriarchal system.’
    • ‘This is the truth missing from mythology, the truth that subverts the violent system of this world.’
    • ‘Does not the abrogation amount to subverting the justice system?’
    • ‘The institution is successfully subverted from its institutional purpose and is converted into a private enterprise.’
    • ‘They would have to subvert the system to keep her over here, but it could be done.’
    • ‘By showing how easy it is to subvert the system the fear goes away.’
    • ‘The attempts to subvert the constitution and establish an autocratic form of rule have been on the agenda for quite some time.’
    • ‘Are we to save our democratic systems by subverting them?’
    • ‘At the same time, big business is seen as subverting the democratic process through its financial support of favored candidates.’
    destabilize, unsettle, overthrow, overturn
    corrupt, pervert, warp, deprave, defile, debase, distort, contaminate, poison, embitter
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Origin

Late Middle English from Old French subvertir or Latin subvertere, from sub- ‘from below’ + vertere ‘to turn’.

Pronunciation

subvert

/səbˈvəːt/