MEANING: verb tr.: To induce another to perform an unlawful act or give false testimony.
ETYMOLOGY: From Latin subornare, from sub- (secretly) + ornare (to equip). Other words that derive from ornare are adorn and ornate. Earliest documented use: 1534.
USAGE: "Would a senior lawyer, proven in a court of law to attempt to suborn a witness, be allowed to continue to practice law?"
TSR Subramanian; It's Imperative to Free CBI and ED from Government Control; The New Indian Express (Chennai, India); Mar 3, 2013.
"Regulators were suborned by lobbyists and ministers."
Simon Jenkins; Ignore Their Howls of Protest; The Guardian (London, UK); Mar 5, 2013. Explore "suborn" in the Visual Thesaurus.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: If words are to enter men's minds and bear fruit, they must be the right words shaped cunningly to pass men's defenses and explode silently and effectually within their minds. -J.B. Phillips, writer and clergyman (1906-1982)
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