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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sub·vert v. t. [imp. & p. p. Subverted; p. pr. & vb. n. Subverting.]
 1. To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly.
 These are his substance, sinews, arms, and strength,
 With which he yoketh your rebellious necks,
 Razeth your cities, and subverts your towns.   --Shak.
    This would subvert the principles of all knowledge.   --Locke.
 2. To pervert, as the mind, and turn it from the truth; to corrupt; to confound.
 Syn: -- To overturn; overthrow; destroy; invert; reverse; extinguish.