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suborn

verb

  1. (corrupt)  to incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
    Type of: corrupt
  2. (procure)  to procure (false testimony or perjury)
    Type of: procure
  3. (induce)  to induce to commit perjury or give false testimony
    Type of: induce. Causes: perjure

Etymology summary

"to procure by bribery, to lure (someone) to commit a crime", 1520s (implied in...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Subornation of perjury

the crime of persuading a person to commit perjury -- the swearing of a false oath to tell the truth in a legal proceeding, be it spoken or written. The term subornation of perjury further describes the circumstance wherein an attorney at law causes a ... (44 of 566 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

suborn

to bribe, incite, or instigate (a person) to commit a wrongful act | [criminal law] to induce (a witness) to commit perjury (21 of 292 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/suborn

Merriam-Webster:

suborn | subornation [noun, related] | suborner [noun, related]

to induce secretly to do an unlawful thing | to induce to commit perjury ; also, to obtain (perjured testimony) from a witness (22 of 71 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/suborn

Oxford Dictionary:

suborn | subornation [derived] | suborner [derived]

bribe or otherwise induce (someone) to commit an unlawful act such as perjury (13 of 57 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/suborn

American Heritage Dictionary:

suborn | suborned [past tense] | suborning [present participle] | suborns [3rd-person singular present] | subornation [noun, related] | suborner [noun, related]

To induce (a person) to commit an unlawful or evil act. | [law] ; To induce (a person) to commit perjury. | To procure (perjured testimony). (24 of 52 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/suborn

New World Dictionary:

suborn | suborner [noun, related]

to get or bring about through bribery or other illegal methods | to induce or instigate (another) to do something illegal, especially to commit ... (23 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/suborn

Macmillan British Dictionary:

suborn [transitive, law] | suborned [past tense] | suborning [present participle] | suborns [3rd-person singular present]

to persuade someone to do something illegal, for example to lie in a court of law (16 of 46 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/suborn

Random House Dictionary:

suborn

to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully or secretly to perform some misdeed or to commit a crime. | [law] ; to induce (a person, especially a witness) ... (26 of 45 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/suborn

Wiktionary:

suborn | suborned [past tense] | suborning [present participle] | suborns [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] To induce to commit an unlawful or malicious act, or to commit perjury | [transitive] To procure privately, or by collusion; to incite secretly; to instigate. (26 of 33 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/suborn

Encarta Dictionary:

suborn | suborned [past tense] | suborning [present participle] | suborns [3rd-person singular present]

to persuade somebody to commit a crime or other wrongdoing, e.g. to bribe another party to tell lies in court (20 of 77 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861716526​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

suborn

Origin: "to procure by bribery, to lure (someone) to commit a crime", 1520s (implied in subornation), from Middle French suborner (13th ... (20 of 37 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=suborn

New World Dictionary:

suborn

Origin: Latin subornare, to furnish or supply, instigate, incite secretly from sub-, under + ornare, to furnish, adorn: see "ornament"

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Merriam-Webster:

suborn

First use: 1534

Origin: Middle French suborner, from Latin subornare, from sub- secretly + ornare to furnish, equip

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/suborn

American Heritage Dictionary:

suborn | suborned [past tense] | suborning [present participle] | suborns [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin subōrnāre: sub-, secretly; see "sub-" + ōrnāre, to equip; see ar- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/suborn

Oxford Dictionary:

suborn

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin subornare "incite secretly", from sub- "secretly" + ornare "equip"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/suborn

Collins Dictionary:

suborn

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin subornāre, from sub- secretly + ornāre to furnish

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/suborn

Wiktionary:

suborn | suborned [past tense] | suborning [present participle] | suborns [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Borrowed from Latin sūbornāre.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/suborn

Encarta Dictionary:

suborn | suborned [past tense] | suborning [present participle] | suborns [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: Latin subornare "equip secretly" from ornare "equip"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861716526​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

suborn

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

suborn [transitive, law] | suborned [past tense] | suborning [present participle] | suborns [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "suborn"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

suborn [transitive, law] | suborned [past tense] | suborning [present participle] | suborns [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "suborn"

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the Free Dictionary:

suborn

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "suborn"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "suborn"

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Google Dictionary:

suborn | suborned [past tense] | suborning [present participle] | suborns [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "suborn"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

suborn

Audio: North American pronunciation of "suborn"

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YourDictionary Audio:

suborn

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "suborn" by speech synthesizer

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