undermining

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

undermining

  1. Present participle of undermine.
    • 2013 June 21, Oliver Burkeman, “The tao of tech”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 27: 
      The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. Web companies like to boast about […], or offering services that let you [] "share the things you love with the world" and so on. But the real way to build a successful online business is to be better than your rivals at undermining people's control of their own attention.

Noun[edit]

undermining (plural underminings)

  1. The act or process by which something is undermined.
    • 2007 November 23, The New York Times, “Art in Review”, New York Times:
      The piece, titled You, calls up many references from the past and the present: from Michael Heizer's earthworks to Chris Burden's institutional underminings to Monica Bonvicini's simulations of the same.