Adjective "subverting" definition and examples

(Subverting may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Undermine the power and authority of (an established system or institution)
  1. 'Reactionary attempts to abolish or subvert parliamentary democracy must be resisted.'
  2. 'Are we to save our democratic systems by subverting them?'
  3. 'Terrorism is hard to defend against because it subverts our institutions and turns our own freedoms and capabilities against us.'
  4. 'Someone who subverts the system of nature, by constantly using the supernatural world, is going against the will of God.'
  5. 'Sequestering this great power in an unaccountable governing agency subverts democracy itself by treating citizens as children.'
  6. 'Please reject this underhanded attempt to subvert democracy in Illinois.'
  7. 'The parable, like the stories of the heroic women who disobeyed, in effect subverts the patriarchal system.'
  8. 'They would have to subvert the system to keep her over here, but it could be done.'
  9. 'She clearly sees this as an attempt by the Republicans to steal her vote and subvert the system.'
  10. 'Even exercising our vote may turn out to be no more than palliative in a democracy continually subverted by the power of money.'

More definitions

1. to overthrow (something established or existing).

2. to cause the downfall, ruin, or destruction of.

3. to undermine the principles of; corrupt.

More examples(as adjective)

"views can be subverting."

"systems can be subverting."

"presidents can be subverting."

"pieces can be subverting."

"orders can be subverting."

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(subvert)Late Middle English: from Old French subvertir or Latin subvertere, from sub- ‘from below’ + vertere ‘to turn’.