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SUBVERT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does subvert mean? 

SUBVERT (verb)
  The verb SUBVERT has 4 senses:

1. cause the downfall of; of rulers
2. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
3. destroy property or hinder normal operations
4. destroy completely

  Familiarity information: SUBVERT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUBVERT (verb)


Sense 1subvert [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause the downfall of; of rulers

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

overthrow; subvert; bring down; overturn

Context examples:

The Czar was overthrown / subvert the ruling class

Hypernyms (to "subvert" is one way to...):

depose; force out (force to leave (an office))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "subvert"):

revolutionize (overthrow by a revolution, of governments)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2subvert [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

profane; pervert; misdirect; deprave; demoralize; demoralise; debauch; debase; corrupt; vitiate; subvert

Context examples:

debauch the young people with wine and women / Socrates was accused of corrupting young men / Do school counselors subvert young children? / corrupt the morals

Hypernyms (to "subvert" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "subvert"):

carnalise; carnalize; sensualise; sensualize (debase through carnal gratification)

infect (contaminate with ideas or an ideology)

lead astray; lead off (teach immoral behavior to)

whore (corrupt by lewd intercourse)

poison (spoil as if by poison)

bastardise; bastardize (change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms)

suborn (incite to commit a crime or an evil deed)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3subvert [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Destroy property or hinder normal operations

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

undermine; sabotage; countermine; subvert; weaken; counteract

Context example:

The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war

Hypernyms (to "subvert" is one way to...):

disobey (refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "subvert"):

derail (cause to run off the tracks)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4subvert [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Destroy completely

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

we must not let our civil liberties be subverted by the current crisis

Hypernyms (to "subvert" is one way to...):

destroy; ruin (destroy completely; damage irreparably)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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