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Definition of "subversion" [sub•ver•sion]

  • The act or an instance of subverting. (noun)
  • The condition of being subverted. (noun)
  • Obsolete A cause of overthrow or ruin. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "subversion" in a sentence
  • "Early Wednesday, as part of the strike, the lawyers presented a petition to the High Court in Kampala expressing their concern about what they called the subversion of the rule of law."
  • "The result of this subversion is a surprisingly mature and complex look at gender politics — revealing the power of comics and science fiction to address feminist issues and to reach a younger, predominantly male audience with a enlightening message."
  • "Department and the White House always say that there are three obstacles to improving relations between Cuban and the United States, and they are your allegiance to the Soviet Union, what they call subversion in this hemisphere, and the large number of your troops in Africa."