Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
mid-16th century; Latin from subornare "incite secretly," from sub- "secretly" + ornare "equip"
  • incite
  • instigate
  • bribe
  • unavailable
  • unavailable
1. in law, to induce (a person, especially a witness) to give false testimony
2. to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully or secretly to perform some misdeed or to commit a crime
1. A) Objection! She's clearly trying to suborn the witness into recanting his testimony! B) It took a lot of money to suborn the witness into changing their story, but he managed to do it without alerting the authorities.
2. A) The amount he paid shouldn't have been enough to suborn someone to litter, much less rob a megacorporation, but they were desperate. B) You are working hard to suborn him into parking illegally when there are plenty of legal spots around us.
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