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Topic: POLITICS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: subvertir, from Latin subvertere 'to turn from beneath, subvert'

subvert

verb
     
sub‧vert [transitive] formal
1PP to try to destroy the power and influence of a government or the established system:
an attempt to subvert the democratic process
2 to destroy someone's beliefs or loyalty
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