Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Word of the day: suborn

The word of the day is suborn:
  1. to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully or secretly to perform some misdeed or to commit a crime.
  2. Law.
    1. to induce (a person, especially a witness) to give false testimony.
    2. to obtain (false testimony) from a witness.
"to procure by bribery, to lure (someone) to commit a crime," 1528 (implied in subornation), from M.Fr. suborner (13c.), from L. subornare "suborn," originally "equip," from sub "under, secretly" + ornare "equip," related to ordo "order." (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/suborn)

"On February 20 Zapata authorized Pacheco to communicate secretly with General Pablo González, who commanded the Constitutionalist forces at La Cima.  What Zapata intended—to initiate peace talks, arrange a local truce, or suborn González—remains unclear, though it was probably the last."

 - John Womack, Zapata and the Mexican Revolution

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