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English verb: subvert

1. subvert (social) cause the downfall of; of rulers

SamplesThe Czar was overthrown.
Subvert the ruling class.

Synonymsbring down, overthrow, overturn

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)depose, force out

Narrower (hyponym)revolutionize

2. subvert (social) corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

SamplesDebauch the young people with wine and women.
Socrates was accused of corrupting young men.
Do school counselors subvert young children?.
Corrupt the morals.

Synonymscorrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, vitiate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)bastardise, bastardize, carnalise, carnalize, infect, lead astray, lead off, poison, sensualise, sensualize, suborn

3. subvert (social) destroy property or hinder normal operations

SamplesThe Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war.

Synonymscounteract, countermine, sabotage, undermine, weaken

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disobey

Narrower (hyponym)derail

4. subvert (contact) destroy completely

SamplesWe must not let our civil liberties be subverted by the current crisis.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)destroy, ruin

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