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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n subversion the act of subverting; as overthrowing or destroying a legally constituted government
    • n subversion destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity "corruption of a minor","the big city's subversion of rural innocence"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Subversion The act of overturning, or the state of being overturned; entire overthrow; an overthrow from the foundation; utter ruin; destruction; as, the subversion of a government; the subversion of despotic power; the subversion of the constitution. "The subversion by a storm] of woods and timber . . . through my whole estate.""Laws have been often abused to the oppression and subversion of that order they were intended to preserve."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n subversion The act of subverting or overthrowing, or the state of being overthrown; entire overthrow; utter ruin; destruction.
    • n subversion The cause of overthrow or destruction.
    • n subversion Synonyms Overturning, downfall, demolition. See subvert.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Subversion act of subverting or overthrowing from the foundation: entire overthrow: ruin
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  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    “Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity.”
  • Paul Johnson
    Paul Johnson
    “The most socially subversive institution of our time is the one-parent family.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion.”
  • Henry Miller
    “The new always carries with it the sense of violation, of sacrilege. What is dead is sacred; what is new, that is different, is evil, dangerous, or subversive.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Thoughts is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. subversio,: cf. F. subversion,. See Subvert
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sub, under, vertĕre, versum, to turn.


In literature:

Disapproval in the majority of cases would have been subversive of all discipline.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty
This is not subversive of inherited divisions of labor in the home.
"The Family and it's Members" by Anna Garlin Spencer
From the subversion of the Roman empire, to the fourteenth or fifteenth century, women spent most of their time alone.
"Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World" by Anonymous
The criminals who claim to be our officers are usurpers placed there by the subversion of law.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
His opinion of the friend has undergone in the last moments a grievous subversion.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Spanish invasion, Scottish subversion.
"State Trials, Political and Social" by Various
Your jargon was 'peace,' which meant Spanish invasion and Scottish subversion.
"Raleigh" by Edmund Gosse
Any evasion of that rule is subversive of the fundamental principle of our government that the majority shall rule.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
Every paragraph of the chapter on the struggle for existence is full of suggestion, and subversive of old imaginings.
"Life of Charles Darwin" by G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
It was an argument subversive to the English maxim.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
I cannot but regard this theory as subversive of every rational idea of a Divine moral government.
"The Calvinistic Doctrine of Predestination Examined and Refuted" by Francis Hodgson
His nominal whiggism was not warmed into any subversive tendency.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Potential traitors, potential assassins, subversives and what not.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
There is a poignant delight in study, often subversive of human happiness.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
Three of the passengers had definite subversive connections in the past.
"The Last Straw" by William J. Smith
Great Britain did her best to counteract a doctrine so subversive of international confidence.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8" by Various
But I cannot believe that, in their inmost heart of hearts, they really dread the subversion of Protestantism.
"The Charm of Ireland" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
NOW, it is by violence, and the subversion of all law.
"The Nation's Peril" by Anonymous
If a religion exists which teaches like horrors, society ought to proscribe it, as directly subversive of the repose of mankind.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
This was a complete subversion of the government's original scheme.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

I am shocked beyond words!
(Said the statesman. 'Tis crime
That the clamoring herds
Should seek war at this time.
For a criminal war is sheer folly
Subversive to ideals sublime.
"The Criminal War" by C J Dennis

In news:

ROB WOUTAT A 'subversive plot' for self-sufficiency .
China sentences democracy advocate to 8 years in jail for subversion ahead of party congress.
A Pattern of Subversion .
Etumba has reportedly resisted President Kabila's calls for resignation after Kabila accused him of siding with subversive groups.
"The Book of Mormon": Colorado's kings of pop-culture subversion .
A mini-Explainer on the golden age of subversive jokes in the People's Republic.
New York's Satellite Fairs: Bling, String, and Subversive Things.
Mad magazine's legacy of humor and subversion, writ large.
Mad magazine's legacy of humor and subversion, writ large .
It's not every day parliamentary members identify themselves with a subversive Internet group.
Let me tell about you some of the things we do at camp that Americans for Limited Government would find subversive.
As I write in my new book, Subversion Inc.
China Miéville's Weird, Subversive Superhero Comic Dial H Goes Native.
Art as Acts of Subversion and Immersion.
If this doesn't sound particularly subversive or gangster-like, neither is the 67-year-old author, inspirational speaker and founder of the world's largest black networking organization, FraserNet Inc, based in Cleveland.

In science:

We used Subversion (svn) [Tig] in order to manage the source code, makefile, and documentation revisions.
On Implementation of a Safer C Library, ISO/IEC TR 24731
Unlike traditional non-distributed version control systems such as rcs, cvs and subversion, Git repositories (and those of some other DVCSs, too) are “complete” in the sense that the developer has essentially unlimited access, even when offline, to the entire history of a repository.
A Wiki for Mizar: Motivation, Considerations, and Initial Prototype
This general idea has been rather controversial, mainly because of its subversive implications for the current standard model of galaxy formation.
Particles and Fields in Radio Galaxies: A Summary
The Subversion project: buiding a better CVS.
Introducing Automated Regression Testing in Open Source Projects
The Rusnak./ Allfirst case is the perfect illustration of this subversion [Chadwick, 2003].
The Role of Spreadsheets in the Allied Irish Bank / Allfirst Currency Trading Fraud