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subversive

sub·ver·sive

subversive

 
pronunciation:
sb vuhr sihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition: tending or intended to undermine or cause the overthrow of an established authority, esp. a national government.
Members of the underground group were arrested by the secret police for subversive activities.
synonyms:
revolutionary, seditious
similar words:
incendiary, insurgent, rebel, rebellious, renegade, underground
 
part of speech: noun
definition: one who attempts to undermine or destroy an established authority, or who advocates such practices.
synonyms:
insurgent, rebel, revolutionary
similar words:
agent provocateur, agitator, anarchist, fifth columnist, firebrand, incendiary, radical, renegade, terrorist, traitor
derivations: subversively (adv.), subversiveness (n.)
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The word subversive contains the following part:
sub- Latin prefix that means under, after
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The prefix sub- was a Latin preposition and prefix and occurs in English in Latin loanwords, such as subjugate . It is also used in the formation of English words such as subway and subgroup . It has multiple forms, as the 'b' sound in sub- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms suc-, suf-, sug-, sum-, sup-, sur-, sus-, and su-.
synonyms:
hyp-, hypo-, under-
antonyms:
super-, supra-, hyper-