Definition of suborn in English:



[with object]
  • Bribe or otherwise induce (someone) to commit an unlawful act such as perjury.

    ‘he was accused of conspiring to suborn witnesses’
    • ‘Irrespective of the dimensions of the crime or the difficulty in obtaining justice, the role of the journalist is to assist the judicial process not to suborn it.’
    • ‘He was said to have tried to suborn the young king with lavish presents and urged him to exert his authority.’
    • ‘This could be construed as suborning perjury, a crime.’
    • ‘There was no reason to believe Wu would destroy evidence in the case or suborn perjury, the court said.’
    • ‘Responsibility entailed either committing the perjury himself; or suborning the perjury; or permitting the court to act on evidence that he knew to have been perjured even though he had not suborned it.’
    • ‘Small groups of Canadian Fenians would cut the telegraph lines, destroy the railway bridge that connected Canada West and Canada East, infiltrate the Canadian militia, and suborn British soldiers.’
    • ‘Among other things, they were to suborn Irish soldiers in the British army, spike the weapons and artillery of those troops who remained loyal, and seize or destroy military installations.’
    • ‘Clark has a long history of accusation of unethical acts from suborning perjury to driving under the influence of marijuana.’
    • ‘In the Best Bakery case it is obvious that the police has been remiss in investigation and there is also reason to believe that witnesses were suborned.’
    • ‘Others are cowed or constrained or suborned by the corporations for which they work.’
    • ‘That is, he might have felt that not only might he be charged with suborning perjury if he put her on the stand, he might actually be suborning perjury.’
    • ‘Physicians known to be guilty of gross negligence are allowed to continue to practice. Lawyers who obviously suborn perjury are not disbarred.’
    • ‘Could evidence have been led of what the prosecution alleged was an attempt to suborn the witness?’
    • ‘The more time one spends with Armstrong, however, the more one suspects that the focus of his fury is not the implication that he tried to suborn Cogut's perjury.’
    • ‘And that's obstruction of justice, that's suborning perjury, and that's our case in California.’
    • ‘And I said, the congressman himself who knows this thing is false, is asking you to suborn perjury?’
    • ‘International ventures abounded even at a time when the British government tried desperately to contain efforts to suborn workers.’
    • ‘The potential perjury obstruction of justice and suborning a witness is a sideshow?’
    • ‘Not realizing that their resident translator had been suborned by the invader, the villagers, with no other form of communication, decided to wait for the weekly boat from the larger nearby island of Kaui.’
    • ‘A lawyer must help his client to put on as strong a case as possible, but a lawyer may not suborn perjury.’
    bribe, corrupt, buy, buy off, pay off, get at, induce, lure, entice, grease someone's palm, oil someone's hand, oil someone's palm
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Mid 16th century: from Latin subornare ‘incite secretly’, from sub- ‘secretly’ + ornare ‘equip’.