subversion

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Subversion \Sub*ver"sion\, noun [L. subversio: cf. F. subversion. See {Subvert}.] The act of overturning, or the state of being overturned; entire overthrow; an overthrow from the foundation; utter ruin; destruction; as, the subversion of a government; the subversion of despotic power; the subversion of the constitution.

The subversion [by a storm] of woods and timber . . . through my whole estate. --Evelyn.

Laws have been often abused to the oppression and subversion of that order they were intended to preserve. --Rogers.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

subversion

noun

1: destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity; "corruption of a minor"; "the big city's subversion of rural innocence" [syn: {corruption}, {subversion}]

2: the act of subverting; as overthrowing or destroying a legally constituted government [syn: {subversion}, {subversive activity}]


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