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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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