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Definitions of subversion

  1. the act of subverting; as overthrowing or destroying a legally constituted government Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. The act of overturning; over throw; utter ruin. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Act of subverting or overthrowing from the foundation: entire overthrow: ruin. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Overthrow; ruin. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for subversion

  1. I believe it impossible that this total subversion of every principle of liberty should be much longer submitted to by the people of the free states of this Union. – Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams. by Josiah Quincy
  2. It tended to make the debtor an outlaw, ready to entertain schemes for the subversion of society. – The Critical Period of American History by John Fiske
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