Adjective "Undermining" Definition and Examples


    Adjective:

    Undermining


    Definition:

    1. to injure or destroy by insidious activity or imperceptible stages, sometimes tending toward a sudden dramatic effect.

    2. to attack by indirect, secret, or underhand means; attempt to subvert by stealth.

    3. to make an excavation under; dig or tunnel beneath, as a military stronghold.

    4. to weaken or cause to collapse by removing underlying support, as by digging away or eroding the foundation.

    Origin:
    undermine

    Examples:

    "authorities can be undermining."

    "governments can be undermining."

    "industries can be undermining."

    "unities can be undermining."

    "trades can be undermining."

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