sub·ver·sion /səbˈvɝʒən, ʃən/
Sub·ver·sion n. 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.
n 1: destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty;
undermining moral integrity; "corruption of a minor";
"the big city's subversion of rural innocence" [syn: corruption]
2: the act of subverting; as overthrowing or destroying a
legally constituted government [syn: subversive activity]