subvert

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English subverten, from Latin subvertō (to overthrow, literally to underturn, turn from beneath).

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subvert (third-person singular simple present subverts, present participle subverting, simple past and past participle subverted)

  1. (transitive) To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly.
    • Shakespeare
      He [] razeth your cities, and subverts your towns.
    • John Locke
      This would subvert the principles of all knowledge.
  2. (transitive) To pervert, as the mind, and turn it from the truth; to corrupt; to confound.
    A dictator stays in power only as long as he manages to subvert the will of his people.
  3. (transitive) To upturn convention from the foundation by undermining it (literally, to turn from beneath).
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Etymology 2[edit]

Back-formation from subvertising, by analogy with advert.

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subvert (plural subverts)

  1. An advertisement created by subvertising.
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