V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: (adj.) intending to undermine an established power, especially a government; (n.) a person who wants to create a revolution or to undermine a government or other power

Synonyms: (adj.) rebellious, destructive, insurgent, undermining, ruinous, incendiary, revolutionary, (n.) rebel, malcontent

Antonyms: (adj.) faithful, loyal, subdued

Tips: Subversive is derived from the Late Latin subversionem, which means "an overthrow or destruction. "Subversive describes things or people that overthrow or undermine a power. In business, people can be subversive if they are secretly trying to undermine the company's executives or plotting to take over the company.

Usage Examples:

The subversive plan was designed to overthrow the government. (undermining, destructive) adjective

The malcontent was fired for his subversive attempts to turn employees against the company executives. (rebellious, insurgent) adjective

The government said that subversive acts would not be tolerated. (rebellious, destructive, insurgent) adjective

The subversive planned to undermine his boss' authority by going to the CEO of the company with complaints. (rebel, malcontent) noun

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