undermine
[ uhn-der-mahyn ]
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Part of Speechverb, verbOrigin + Etymology
Middle English; from under- + the verb mine, probably suggested by the Middle Dutch ondermineren
Synonyms
verb
erodesubvertimpaircripple
verb
sabotageundercut
Antonyms
verb
aidstrengthen
verb
encourageassistbuildsupport
Definition
verbto injure or destroy by insidious activity or imperceptible stages, sometimes tending toward a sudden dramatic effect
verbto attack by indirect, secret, or underhand means; attempt to subvert by stealth
Examples
verbA) While no one can be sure what led to the fall of the Roman Empire, its succession of unqualified rulers had worked to undermine its stability for centuries. B) The orchestrated infighting began to undermine the bank's prestige and bottom line.
verbA) The spy's job was to undermine their grip on the populace and foment rebellion. B) With a text to the right people, she could undermine the entire gala and have her revenge.
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