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." (Evelyn) "Laws have been often abused to the oppression and subversion of that order they were intended to preserve." (Rogers)

Origin: L. Subversio: cf. F. Subversion. See Subvert.

(01 Mar 1998)