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From Middle English subverten, from Old French subvertir, from Latin subvertō (“to overthrow”, literally “to underturn, turn from beneath”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /səbˈvɜːt/
Audio (UK) (file)
- (US) enPR: səbvûrtʹ, IPA(key): /səbˈvɝt/
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)t
subvert (third-person singular simple present subverts, present participle subverting, simple past and past participle subverted)
- (transitive) To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly.
- 1591 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene iii]:
- He […] razeth your cities, and subverts your towns.
- 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Eliz[abeth] Holt, for Thomas Basset, […], →OCLC:, Book IV, Chapter XVIII
- This would be to subvert the principles and foundations of all knowledge.
- (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.
- (transitive) To upturn convention from the foundation by undermining it (literally, to turn from beneath).
to pervert the mind
to upturn convention by undermining it
Back-formation from subvertising, by analogy with advert.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsʌbvət/
Audio (UK) (file)
- (General American) enPR: sŭbʹvûrt, IPA(key): /ˈsʌbvɚt/
- Rhymes: -ʌbvə(ɹ)t
subvert (plural subverts)
- An advertisement created by subvertising.
advertisement created by subvertising
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