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(past & past part. suborned; pres. part. suborning)
Incite to commit a crime or an evil deed.
Procure (false testimony or perjury).
Induce to commit perjury or give false testimony.

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"Suborn" Quotes from Famous Books

... meanly at her chamber-door, try to overhear her little conversation; in vain attempted to suborn Mrs. Jervis to my purposes, inconsistently talking of honour, when no one step I took, or action I attempted, shewed any thing like it: lost my dignity among my servants; made a party in her favour against me, of every body, but whom my money ...
— Pamela (Vol. II.) • Samuel Richardson

... being large wine merchants have some first-rate wine at prices averaging rather lower than the Englischer Garten. But there is a very extensive list and the quality is not altogether uniform, so if you can suborn a friendly waiter he could help you considerably. Excellent oysters and smoked salmon are to be had here, but the place is apt to be rather crowded and noisy. The appointments are of the simplest and most unpretentious kind. Prices, moderately high—about ...
— The Gourmet's Guide to Europe • Algernon Bastard

... procure, enlist, engage; invite, court. tempt, seduce, overpersuade^, entice, allure, captivate, fascinate, bewitch, carry away, charm, conciliate, wheedle, coax, lure; inveigle; tantalize; cajole &c (deceive) 545. tamper with, bribe, suborn, grease the palm, bait with a silver hook, gild the pill, make things pleasant, put a sop into the pan, throw a sop to, bait the hook. enforce, force; impel &c (push) 276; propel &c 284; whip, lash, goad, spur, prick, urge; egg on, hound, hurry on; drag &c 285; exhort; advise ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

... back, or the prestidigitation of slipping it into her lap or under her plate before them at luncheon; he thought for an instant of the Chinaman, but gentlemen—except in that "mirror of nature" the stage—usually hesitate to suborn other people's servants, or entrust a woman's secret to her inferiors. He remembered that Louise's room was at the farther end of the house, and its low window gave upon the veranda, and was guarded at night ...
— A Phyllis of the Sierras • Bret Harte

... friends would praise him, I believed 'em, His foes would blame him, and I scorn'd 'em, His friends—as Angels I received 'em, His foes—the Devil had suborn'd 'em. ...
— Queen Mary and Harold • Alfred Lord Tennyson

... arbitrator just. Be thou; thy station deem a sacred trust. With thy good sword maintain thy country's cause; In every action venerate its laws: The lie suborn'd if falsely urg'd to swear, Though torture wait thee, torture firmly bear; To forfeit honour, think the highest shame, And life too dearly bought by loss of fame; Nor, to preserve it, with thy virtue give That for which only man should wish ...
— The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. • James Boswell

Words linked to "Suborn" :   stimulate, have, vitiate, procure, deprave, demoralize, perjure, profane, subvert, corrupt, induce, subornation, secure, debauch, get, pervert, demoralise, misdirect, cause, debase, make

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