Subvert vs Dilapidate - What's the difference?

subvert | dilapidate |

As verbs the difference between subvert and dilapidate

is that subvert is to overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly while dilapidate is to fall into ruin or disuse.

As a noun subvert

is an advertisement created by subvertising.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) subverten, from (etyl) subvertir, from (etyl) .


(en verb)
  • To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin utterly.
  • * Shakespeare
  • He razeth your cities, and subverts your towns.
  • * John Locke
  • This would subvert the principles of all knowledge.
  • To pervert, as the mind, and turn it from the truth; to corrupt; to confound.
  • A dictator stays in power only as long as he manages to subvert the will of his people.
  • To upturn convention from the foundation by undermining it (literally, to turn from beneath).
  • Derived terms
    * subversion * subversive

    Etymology 2

    , by analogy with advert.


    (en noun)
  • An advertisement created by subvertising.
  • Synonyms
    * subvertisement




  • To fall into ruin or disuse.
  • To cause to become ruined or put into disrepair.
  • * Blackstone
  • If the bishop, parson, or vicar, etc., dilapidates the buildings, or cuts down the timber of the patrimony
  • * 1883 , , chapter VI
  • In the last days of autumn he had whitewashed the chalet, painted the doors, windows, and veranda, repaired the roof and interior, and improved the place so much that the landlord had warned him that the rent would be raised at the expiration of his twelvemonth's tenancy, remarking that a tenant could not reasonably expect to have a pretty, rain-tight dwelling-house for the same money as a hardly habitable ruin. Smilash had immediately promised to dilapidate it to its former state at the end of the year.
  • (figuratively) To squander or waste.
  • * Wood
  • The patrimony of the bishopric of Oxon was much dilapidated .