Definition: weaken gradually; sap; dig a mine beneath
Definition: weaken gradually; sap; dig a mine beneath
Sentences Containing 'undermine'
Very well, this growing swarm of new pilots presently began to undermine the wages, in order to get berths.
I am not the one to undermine the propriety of Senor Don Quixote, for it strikes me that among his many virtues the one that is pre-eminent is that of modesty.
And still more happy, if, reasoning in this easy manner, we can undermine the foundations of an abstruse philosophy, which seems to have hitherto served only as a shelter to superstition, and a cover to absurdity and error!
It is sufficient, if I can prove, from this very reasoning, that the question is entirely speculative, and that, when, in my philosophical disquisitions, I deny a providence and a future state, I undermine not the foundations of society, but advance principles, which they themselves, upon their own topics, if they argue consistently, must allow to be solid and satisfactory.
Have you considered what it is to undermine the confidence that should subsist between my daughter and myself?
As the receding wave swept back with a hoarse roar, it seemed to scoop out deep caves in the beach, as if its purpose were to undermine the earth.
To allow Flat Fee listings any privileges in this regard would undermine the very foundation of the MLS system.
In Episode 5, Henry retires from public view, bereft by the loss of his Queen, but finally emerges and his first act is to get the church leaders to agree on a new Protestant doctrine, and one that threatens to undermine Cromwell's Reformation.
In the ensuing episodes, the King has the last remaining Plantagenet heirs, the Pole family, put to death (grandmother, son and grandson) as a result of Cardinal Reginald Pole's actions to undermine his rule.
During his term as vizier, Saladin began to undermine the Fatimid establishment and following al-Adid's death in 1171, he took over government and realigned the country's allegiance with the Baghdad-based Abbasid Caliphate.
The government claimed the group had been trying to reorganize the Ba'ath party, and work to undermine stability in the country, with a mind to seizing power following the US withdrawal the following year.
Typical Marley Davidson stories involve classic renditions of undead monsters such as vampires and werewolves as the chief villains and often as agents in conspiratorial plots to undermine and prey upon the poor and the underclass.
There was concern that dredging of the river's bottom, which had been going on since the bridge was completed, may have cause the velocity of the river to speed up and helped undermine the bridge's foundation.
Cutting off access to the hinterland would also undermine the viability of the Deutschkreutz-Mannersdorf railway line.
It might undermine that faith in the Commission itself which is necessary to command respect for its recommendations.
The 2007 plot to behead a British Muslim soldier was undertaken by a group of British Pakistanis in Birmingham, England, planning to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier in order to undermine the morale of the British Army and inhibit its recruitment of Muslims.
Tait even resorted to championing Colding's cause in an attempt to undermine von Mayer.
Mark resigned in 1977 following a public disagreement with Jenkins, then Home Secretary, over the Police Act 1976 and the introduction of an independent police complaints body, which Mark considered would undermine police discipline and effective investigation.
The troops are in deplorable state, while the corrupt behaviour of their senior officers threatens to undermine the army's control of the region.
His basic charge was that their collective advice was deliberate sabotage to undermine the ABA so they could make this move to set up their own governing body and destroy the ABA.
The diaries of Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., published posthumously in 2007, suggest that President Kennedy was concerned that if the march failed to attract large numbers of demonstrators, it might undermine his civil rights efforts.
The remark did much to undermine the start of Biden's campaign, and severely damaged his fund-raising ability.
The British, US and French governments refused at first to recognize the Renner government, and in order to undermine the Soviet move decided to start right away with the proceedings to establish a joint commission for Austria.
"Here's Lucy" was not offered in syndication when the series ended in 1974 because the other two Lucy series were hits, and it was felt that either this show might undermine the success of the other two shows, or simply not fare as well.
The ban has led some ("the left", according to Sunny Hundal writing in the Guardian) to criticise it as a "blow to free expression", which will "serve to undermine the government’s effort to prevent violent extremism".
Real risk test. The Court of Appeal held that the test for liability for scandalizing contempt is whether there is a real risk that the impugned statement has undermined – or might undermine – public confidence in the administration of justice.
It found that there was a real risk that these statements would undermine public confidence in the administration of justice as they suggested that the judiciary was influenced by considerations relating to politics, international trade and business; favoured wealthy and privileged people; and was compliant to instructions issued by the Government.
To counter the threat, Ahmad stepped up Yemeni efforts to undermine British control and, in the mid-1950s, Yemen supported a number of revolts by disgruntled tribes against protectorate states.
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.
Fast-tracked in the corporate world due to her gender, her professional success has already begun to undermine Alex's standing and self-worth.
Ecologists may validly argue that some types of growth undermine important conditions for human survival in the longer term without invalidating other kinds of growth that are beneficial. However, there is much dispute about which kinds of economic growth are beneficial or harmful.
The Russian and South Ossetian governments blamed the Georgian Security Ministry for the attack, saying that it was an attempt to undermine the cease-fire, while Georgia claimed that Russia had organized the explosion as an excuse to maintain its presence in South Ossetia.
As such, their plan to undermine what they felt was the corrupt and despotic state apparatus was to attack the philosophical basis of religion.
Another Young Hegelian, Karl Marx, was at first sympathetic with this strategy of attacking Christianity to undermine the Prussian establishment, but later formed divergent ideas and broke with the Young Hegelians, attacking their views in works such as "The German Ideology".
West German leaflets sought to undermine the willingness of East German border guards to shoot at refugees attempting to cross the border.
Peterson's position was felt by many members to undermine two decades of work in establishing the NWU as writers' legitimate bargaining representative under Federal labor law.
Organised crime's capacity to undermine state authority and basic law enforcement is well known in Latin America.
(Li Linfu had been apprehensive about Li Heng's elevation against his recommendation of Li Mao, and therefore sought to undermine Li Heng by making this accusation as well.)
Yet he was prepared to accept or propose qualifications to that policy in the specific cases where he judged that their net effect would be beneficial and would not undermine the basically free character of the system.
Fearing a patriotic response to overt support of the German Empire would undermine his own more covert approach, he condemned the forming of an alien party within the United States as "a crime against the spirit of true Americanism" and said that its results would reach far beyond the time of the war.
In "The Image of Man: The Creation of Modern Masculinity", Mosse argued that middle-class male respectability evoked "counter-type" images of men whose weakness, nervousness, and effeminacy threatened to undermine an ideal of manhood.
Subversion is formally defined as "action designed to undermine the military, economic, psychological, or political strength or morale of a regime.
Al-Farabi also makes mention of "weeds" in the virtuous society; those people who try to undermine its progress towards the true human end.
The relationship between industry-funded denial and public climate change skepticism has been compared to earlier efforts by the tobacco industry to undermine scientific evidence on the dangers of secondhand smoke, and linked as a direct continuation of these earlier financial relationships.
The environmentalist writer and activist George Monbiot stated in his "Guardian" opinion column that he reserves the term for those who attempt to undermine scientific opinion on climate change due to financial interests.
Another argument is that it was promoted to undermine the IRA's support and stir tension between the two IRA factions.
On some accounts, Alexander's decision to put the Magi on trial was more about his attempt to undermine their influence and his show of power in his newly conquered empire, than a concern for Cyrus's tomb.
It was believed that the triumvirate would continually undermine each other, and the simple transition of power was viewed as a positive step toward Dahomeyan unity.
The conviction that the current paradigm "is" reality tends to disqualify evidence that might undermine the paradigm itself; this in turn leads to a build-up of unreconciled anomalies.
However, the British Crown sought to undermine proprietary colonies, so Walker was often forced to decide whether to help Lords Proprietary or support the crown.
More Vocab Wordssignificant - expressing a meaning; important; Ex. significant smile; N. significance: importance; meaning; V. signify: denote; mean; signal; make known; matter; be significant
inane - silly; senseless; Ex. inane remarks; N. inanity
precipitate - hurl downward; throw headlong; hasten; cause to happen sooner; condense and fall as rain or snow; cause (a solid substance) to be separated from a solution; ADJ. hasty; rash; premature; sudden
smolder - smoulder; burn slowly without flame; be liable to break out at any moment; exist in a suppressed state; Ex. smoldering anger
imperturbable - unshakably calm; placid
hubris - arrogance; excessive self-conceit
capitulate - surrender; give up all resistance
incidental - not essential; minor; N: something incidental
terse - concise; abrupt; pithy
elliptical - elliptic; oval; of an ellipse; containing an ellipsis; ambiguous either purposely or because key words have been left out