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(n) overthrowing from the very foundations; to weaken the foundations of something. Origin: L sub-, under +vertere, to turn => 'to turn from under' The media claimed that the court acquittal of a Cabinet Minister in a murder charge because of lack of evidence was a total subversion of justice. They said that the evidence had been deliberately held back by the police, the witnesses had been suborned and that the judges too had not pressed the police to be more serious.

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