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4 definitions found
 for subvert
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Subvert \Sub*vert"\, v. i.
     To overthrow anything from the foundation; to be subversive.
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           They have a power given to them like that of the evil
           principle, to subvert and destroy.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Subvert \Sub*vert"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Subverted; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Subverting.] [L. subvertere, subversum; sub under +
     vertere to turn: cf. F. subvertir. See Verse.]
     1. To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin
        utterly.
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              These are his substance, sinews, arms, and strength,
              With which he yoketh your rebellious necks,
              Razeth your cities, and subverts your towns. --Shak.
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              This would subvert the principles of all knowledge.
                                                    --Locke.
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     2. To pervert, as the mind, and turn it from the truth; to
        corrupt; to confound. --2 Tim. iii. 14.
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     Syn: To overturn; overthrow; destroy; invert; reverse;
          extinguish.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  subvert
      v 1: cause the downfall of; of rulers; "The Czar was
           overthrown"; "subvert the ruling class" [syn: overthrow,
           subvert, overturn, bring down]
      2: corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch
         the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused
         of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young
         children?"; "corrupt the morals" [syn: corrupt, pervert,
         subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase,
         profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect]
      3: destroy property or hinder normal operations; "The Resistance
         sabotaged railroad operations during the war" [syn:
         sabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract,
         subvert, weaken]
      4: destroy completely; "we must not let our civil liberties be
         subverted by the current crisis"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  129 Moby Thesaurus words for "subvert":
     accommodate, adapt, adjust, alienate, alter, ameliorate, answer,
     answer conclusively, argue down, arise, better, brainwash,
     break up, capsize, careen, change, confound, confute, contradict,
     controvert, convert, corrupt, counterindoctrinate, crush, culbuter,
     debase, defeat, deform, demolish, denature, deny, deprave, destroy,
     dismiss, dispose of, diversify, finish, fit, floor, honeycomb,
     improve, indoctrinate, insurge, insurrect, keel over, meliorate,
     mitigate, modify, modulate, mount the barricades, mutate, mutineer,
     mutiny, nonplus, overset, overthrow, overturn, overwhelm, parry,
     pervert, put to silence, qualify, re-create, realign, rebel,
     rebuild, rebut, reconstruct, redesign, reduce to silence, refit,
     reform, refute, reindoctrinate, reluct, reluctate, remake, renew,
     reshape, restructure, revamp, revive, revolt, revolute, revolution,
     revolutionize, ring the changes, riot, rise, rise up, ruin,
     run riot, sabotage, sap, sap the foundations, settle,
     shift the scene, shuffle the cards, shut up, silence,
     smash all opposition, squash, squelch, strike, throw down,
     throw over, tip over, topple, topple over, topsy-turvify,
     topsy-turvy, turn a somersault, turn over, turn the scale,
     turn the tables, turn the tide, turn topsy-turvy, turn turtle,
     turn upside down, undermine, upend, upset, upturn, vary, weaken,
     win away, work a change, worsen, wreck
  
  

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