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Word: subversive

Definition: tending to overthrow or ruin; V. subvert: overthrow completely (an established system); destroy completely; CF. undermine ?


Sentences Containing 'subversive'

"American photographer Roe Ethridge became a recognizable force in the fine art world with his serene but subversive portraits, still lifes, and landscapes."
A July 23, 1962 FBI search slip on Shelley is check-marked for "subversive references only" and remains heavily redacted, i.e., with numerous unreleased documents.
A large body of Orthodox clergy were liquidated in Gorky in 1938 for supposedly belonging to a network of subversive agents headed by Feofan Tuliakov, the Metropolitan of Gorky, Bishop Purlevsky of Sergach, Bishop Korobov of Vetluga and others.
A number of historians have pointed to the movement as politically subversive and threatening to the absolutism in 18th-century France.
After the Bologna Massacre of August 2, 1980, Massimo Morsello, Roberto Fiore, leader of Terza Posizione and seven other people were accused of subversive association.
Afterwards Stone queries Kyd about the ‘school of night’, an allegedly atheistic and subversive secret society to which Raleigh, Walsingham and Marlowe belonged.
Arizona and New York teacher oaths affirming lack of association with subversive organizations were struck down in 1966 and 1967.
At the same time, however, leftist subversive activity expanded in the early 1980s.
Because of their negative views on civilization and of their way of life, in where many of them just wore a dirty cloak, carried a staff, and a coin purse, and slept outdoors, they were the targets of the Roman aristocracy and of the emperor and many were persecuted by the Roman government for being "subversive".
Chinese literati and gentry produced a pamphlet attacking Christian beliefs as socially subversive and irrational. Incendiary handbills and fliers distributed to crowds were also produced, and were linked to outbreaks of violence against Christians.
Echoing Dale Van Kley's (1996) thoughts on the broader Jansenist controversy, Brian E. Strayer (2008) suggests that Politically subversive.
Even still, the persecution continued full swing and the clergy were attacked as foreign spies in the late 1930s and trials of bishops were conducted with their clergy as well as lay adherents who were reported as "subversive terroristic gangs" that had been unmasked.
Failure to pay taxes could also be treated as a subversive activity to undermine the Soviet economy during the Five Year Plan and could lead to execution.
For our populations was always alive to the problem of the land and the moti rivoluzionari offered an opportunity to resume the arbitrary land occupation begun in 1806 following the Act of subversive of feudalism.
Gradually, the Suazo Córdova administration began to perceive the FSLN (commonly known as "Sandinista") administration as obstructionist in regional and international forums, as well as a subversive force that intended to undermine political stability in Honduras through intimidation, propaganda, and direct aid to incipient insurgent groups.
Hacks typically wrote radical, salacious, or subversive literature, such as plays, novels, and pamphlets about controversial subjects.
He had some following among left-wing Germans in the 1890s; in 1894–95, mainly a group of Protestant Christian German conservatives wanted to ban his work as subversive.
He was then charged with being a subversive and interned in Mountjoy Prison.
Henri Zalis, who describes the text as a novella rather than a novel, believes that it carries a hidden, "subversive" intent: "the suaveness in unhappiness, authenticity bursting from the burning core of alienation."
His book Subversive Beauty is published in 2005, offering a feminine universe that takes us to different mythologies customized by the author.
In 1759 Charles Eugene had Moser charged with authoring "a subversive writing" and cast into prison for the next five years.
In 1943, perhaps influenced by the fact that his father was a liberal Jew, the Nazis arrested him for "helping Jews and subversive elements" and "indecent contacts with Aryan women" and sent him to the Buchenwald concentration camp.
In August, all of them as well as the bishop were arrested; they were later shot in the early winter without trial. Afterwards the Soviet press accused them of subversive acts.
It is satisfactory, as showing how transient such impressions are, to remember that the greatest discovery ever made by man, namely, the law of the attraction of gravity, was also attacked by Leibnitz, "as subversive of natural, and inferentially of revealed, religion."
It was consciously subversive and fully aware of its outsider status ...
John Belton points to the changing demographic to even younger, more conservative audiences in the mid 70s (50% aged 12–20) and the move to less politically subversive themes in mainstream cinema.
Lindsay Wilson (1993), among others, points to the subversive power of the role of women within the movement.
Llyra escaped and became a professional subversive, and soon allied herself with Namor's enemy, Tiger Shark, and his assistant Gerard Lymondo.
On January 27, 1950, the group's Montreal headquarters was padlocked by police acting under the Quebec government's Padlock Law which permitted the forced closure of subversive organizations.
Reason tells me, that if numerous gradations from a simple and imperfect eye to one complex and perfect can be shown to exist, each grade being useful to its possessor, as is certainly the case; if further, the eye ever varies and the variations be inherited, as is likewise certainly the case; and if such variations should be useful to any animal under changing conditions of life, then the difficulty of believing that a perfect and complex eye could be formed by natural selection, though insuperable by our imagination, should not be considered as subversive of the theory.
Renovationist M. Serafim (Ruzhentsov) was alleged to have led a subversive espionage network of monks and priests, who used altars for orgies and raped teenage girls that they infected with venereal disease.
Romero warned Cisneros against spreading news that might be considered subversive.
She summed up by saying "While the film’s moralistic tale resonated and lingered like a muse’s long forgotten poem, the subversive kick of the comic series (which I thankfully saw later) struck deep chords and left me breathless with questions".
The film was denounced as "subversive" and faced difficulties in its production and distribution as a consequence.
The film was run on 16–19 July 2010 during the Fantasia Festival in Montreal as part of the Subversive Serbia program.
The IWO, after being included on the U. S. Attorney General's list of "subversive organizations" (the listing was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court), was dissolved by the NY State Supreme Court in 1951.
The KGB had forecast political instability consequent to the election of Archbishop of Kraków Karol Wojtyla as the first Polish Pope, John Paul II, whom they had categorised as "subversive" because of his anti-Communist sermons against the one-party PUWP régime.
The mysteries, however, involved exclusive oaths and secrecy, conditions that conservative Romans viewed with suspicion as characteristic of "magic", conspiracy ("coniuratio"), and subversive activity.
The possibility of a "subversive" popular culture.
The question whether popular culture or mass culture is inherently conservative, or whether it can be used in a subversive strategy as well, is equally hotly debated.
The request came in the wake of the publication of a book, "Muslim Mafia", the foreword of which had been penned by Myrick, that portrayed CAIR as a subversive organization allied with international terrorists.
The show was destructive and childish enough for little kids, subversive and timely enough for young adults."
These events led to the interesting situation that bluegrass and folk music was considered politically subversive by some of the Communist elite.
They challenged the status quo by subverting the religious hierarchy, and were perhaps even more subversive than they realized.
They were to plant subversive evidence, justifying the USSR's invasion, that right-wing groups—aided by Western intelligence agencies—were going to depose the Communist government of Czechoslovakia.
This capacity in bees of laying down under certain circumstances a rough wall in its proper place between two just-commenced cells, is important, as it bears on a fact, which seems at first subversive of the foregoing theory; namely, that the cells on the extreme margin of wasp-combs are sometimes strictly hexagonal; but I have not space here to enter on this subject.
This politics of the spectacle brought the counterculture right into the conservative media and filled their forms with subversive content.
Those countries have repeatedly and publicly made clear that they consider themselves to be the victims of aggression from Nicaragua, and that they desire United States assistance in meeting both subversive attacks and the conventional threat posed by the relatively immense Nicaraguan Armed Forces."
Under the National Reorganization Process, SIDE transformed itself into a secret police conducting espionage on guerrilla organizations, labor unions, or any other organization or person considered subversive, or a supporter of subversive activities.
When the authorized teachers of religion propagate through the great body of the people, doctrines subversive of the authority of the sovereign, it is by violence only, or by the force of a standing army, that he can maintain his authority.

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