suborn

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin sūbornō.

Verb[edit]

suborn (third-person singular simple present suborns, present participle suborning, simple past and past participle suborned)

  1. (transitive) To induce to commit an unlawful or malicious act, or to commit perjury [16th c.]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir W. O. Russell to this entry?)
  2. (transitive) To procure privately, or by collusion; to incite secretly; to instigate.
    • Shakespeare
      Thou art suborned against his honour.
    • Dryden
      Those who by despair suborn their death.

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