Subversion means overthrowing something, like a government or law, or it can mean corrupting someone’s personal morals, like making a vegetarian eat bacon by tricking her.

The Latin root subvertere means “to turn from below,” and when you turn something on its head in a sneaky way, that’s subversion. Imagine digging a hole in the ground, then covering the hole with a layer of sticks and leaves. When someone walks on it, they fall in. That’s the basic idea of subversion, attacking from below. People often use subversion to take down a corrupt government, and acts of subversion are a powerful way to protest injustice.

Definitions of subversion
  1. noun
    the act of subverting; as overthrowing or destroying a legally constituted government
    synonyms: subversive activity
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    type of:
    the termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force)
  2. noun
    destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity
    “the big city's subversion of rural innocence”
    synonyms: corruption
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    type of:
    debasement, degradation
    a change to a lower state (a less respected state)
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