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adjective as in rebellious, destructive

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The TV veteran — who as someone who worked on Fox’s “Married … With Children” is familiar with subversive TV comedy — said he understands the motivation for bringing on someone like Musk.

In an era when audiences have seen the Wicked Witch of the West transformed into an animal rights activist and Harley Quinn depicted as a sympathetic anti-hero, not every villain needs to be recast as a misunderstood subversive.

His impersonation saw him charged as a subversive, and he had to be rescued by the American vice consul.

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At the same time, I was learning about science and reading subversive people like Bertrand Russell.

There are fights, resistance, and subversive behaviors, but through all that, there is a broad commonality.

Submission is less a novel of ideas than a political book, and of the most subversive kind.

Miller traces his irreverent and subversive streak to a psychedelic experience during the particularly sweltering summer of 1991.

Of course, you can read this just as a brilliant, subversive coda to a horror movie.

Hipgnosis were at their most subversive when taking photos of the band.

These subversive narratives were not the solution I sought to the dissonance between my expected and actual college experience.

The worthy man is too loyal to the set rules of his acknowledged leaders, to harbour a notion so subversive and dangerous.

His lofty realism was subversive of popular superstitions, when logically carried out.

It gives assurance, at least, that no particularly wild schemes or subversive changes shall be made.

No question was decided in the academy without the opinion of Aristotle, though it was often subversive of that of Plato.

After all, lefthandedness was impious in religion, subversive to discipline in military affairs and unlisted in business.


On this page you'll find 28 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to subversive, such as: incendiary, riotous, insurgent, underground, inflammatory, and insurrectionary.

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