To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly.
- To destroy completely; ruin: "schemes to subvert the liberties of a great community” ( Alexander Hamilton).
- To undermine the character, morals, or allegiance of; corrupt.
- To overthrow completely: "Economic assistance ... must subvert the existing ... feudal or tribal order” ( Henry A. Kissinger). See Synonyms at overthrow.