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Verb: subvert  sub'vurt or ,súb'vurt
  1. Cause the downfall of; of rulers
    "subvert the ruling class";
    - overthrow, overturn, bring down
  2. Corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    "Do school counselors subvert young children?";
    - corrupt, pervert, demoralize, demoralise [Brit], debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect
  3. Destroy property or hinder normal operations
    "The Resistance subverted railway operations during the war";
    - sabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract, weaken
  4. To raze to the ground, also figuratively
    "we must not let our civil liberties be subverted by the current crisis"

Derived forms: subverted, subverts, subverting

Type of: alter, change, depose, destroy, disobey, force out, modify, ruin

Encyclopedia: Subvert