What does the word subvert mean?

Usage examples for subvert

  1. It must subvert government from the very foundation. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  2. Yet the system of measures established by these acts of Congress does totally subvert and destroy the form as well as the substance of republican government in the ten States to which they apply. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  3. It was not their policy to reconstitute, but to subvert. – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson