Suborn Sub*orn", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Suborned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Suborning}.] [F. suborner, L. subornare; sub under, secretly + ornare to furnish, provide, equip, adorn. See {Ornament}.] 1. (Law) To procure or cause to take a false oath amounting to perjury, such oath being actually taken. --Sir W. O. Russell. [1913 Webster]

2. To procure privately, or by collusion; to procure by indirect means; to incite secretly; to instigate. [1913 Webster]

Thou art suborned against his honor. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Those who by despair suborn their death. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • suborn — sub·orn /sə bȯrn/ vt [Latin subornare, from sub secretly + ornare to prepare, equip] 1: to induce or procure to commit an unlawful act and esp. perjury an attempt to suborn a witness 2: to induce (perjury) or obtain (perjured testimony) from a… …   Law dictionary

  • suborn — (v.) to procure by bribery, to lure (someone) to commit a crime, 1520s (implied in subornation), from M.Fr. suborner (13c.), from L. subornare suborn, originally equip, from sub under, secretly (see SUB (Cf. sub )) + ornare equip, related to ordo …   Etymology dictionary

  • suborn — [sə bôrn′] vt. [L subornare, to furnish or supply, instigate, incite secretly < sub , under + ornare, to furnish, adorn: see ORNAMENT] 1. to get or bring about through bribery or other illegal methods 2. to induce or instigate (another) to do… …   English World dictionary

  • suborn — UK [səˈbɔː(r)n] / US [səˈbɔrn] verb [transitive] Word forms suborn : present tense I/you/we/they suborn he/she/it suborns present participle suborning past tense suborned past participle suborned legal to persuade someone to do something illegal …   English dictionary

  • suborn — sub|orn [səˈbo:n US ˈbo:rn] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: suborner, from Latin subornare, from sub secretly + ornare to provide with things ] law to persuade someone to tell lies in a court of law or to do something else that is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • suborn — /səˈbɔn / (say suh bawn) verb (t) to bribe or procure (a person) to commit some unlawful or wrongful act, usually perjury: *if he persisted, he would be charged with attempting to suborn a police officer from the path of duty. –frank hardy, 1963 …   Australian English dictionary

  • suborn — transitive verb Etymology: Middle French suborner, from Latin subornare, from sub secretly + ornare to furnish, equip more at ornate Date: 1534 1. to induce secretly to do an unlawful thing 2. to induce to commit perjury; also to obtain (perjured …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • suborn — subornation /sub awr nay sheuhn/, n. subornative /seuh bawr neuh tiv/, adj. suborner, n. /seuh bawrn /, v.t. 1. to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully or secretly to perform some misdeed or to commit a crime. 2. Law. a. to induce (a person …   Universalium

  • suborn — verb To induce someone to commit an unlawful or malicious act, or to commit perjury …   Wiktionary

  • suborn — su|born Mot Agut Nom masculí …   Diccionari Català-Català

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