Subvert vs. Subversive

Subvert vs. Subversive — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Subvert and Subversive

Subvertverb

To overthrow or destroy (a government or an established order or authority).

Subversiveadjective

Intending or intended to subvert an established order, especially to undermine or overthrow an established government

subversive groups.subversive publications.

Subvertverb

To undermine, overturn, or render ineffective (a rule or an established notion, such as a stereotype, for example).

Subversivenoun

One who advocates or is regarded as advocating subversion.

Subvertverb

To cause to serve a purpose other than the original or established one; commandeer or redirect

"a short, virus-like piece of DNA that replicates itself ... by subverting the cell's DNA replication machinery" (Richard Dawkins).

Subversiveadjective

Intending to subvert, overturn or undermine a government or authority.

Subvertverb

To undermine, mislead, or betray

"Willy's batch of unexamined dreams and aspirations confused, misled, and subverted him" (Joseph Badaracco).

Subversivenoun

A radical supporter of political or social revolution.

Subvertverb

(transitive) To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly.

Subversivenoun

a radical supporter of political or social revolution

Subvertverb

(transitive) To pervert, as the mind, and turn it from the truth; to corrupt; to confound.

A dictator stays in power only as long as he manages to subvert the will of his people.

Subversiveadjective

in opposition to a civil authority or government

Subvertverb

(transitive) To upturn convention from the foundation by undermining it (literally, to turn from beneath).

Subvertnoun

An advertisement created by subvertising.

Subvertverb

cause the downfall of; of rulers;

The Czar was overthrownsubvert the ruling class

Subvertverb

corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality;

debauch the young people with wine and womenSocrates was accused of corrupting young menDo school counselors subvert young children?corrupt the morals

Subvertverb

destroy property or hinder normal operations;

The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war

Subvertverb

destroy completely;

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