undermine


undermine
01. It [undermines] a teacher's authority if the principal doesn't support her in matters of discipline.
02. The West is accused of deliberately trying to [undermine] this nation's government.
03. Lowering prices now will just [undermine] our publicity efforts at selling our product line as the choice of quality.
04. Ignoring a cancer patient's questions or concerns [undermines] his ability to deal properly with the disease.
05. The boss [undermined] his confidence by constantly criticizing his every little mistake.
06. Your continued inability to quit smoking will only [undermine] our efforts to treat your heart disease.
07. The U.S. maintains that the warlord is [undermining] all efforts to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
08. Attempts by the government of Thailand to upgrade medical services in the country have been [undermined] by the emigration of doctors to more highly-paid practices in the West.
09. The party's poor showing in the election has seriously [undermined] support for the current leader.
10. I felt totally [undermined] when my co-worker went to my boss to complain about my work without speaking to me first.
11. Failing this next test will seriously [undermine] your chances of getting accepted into a good university next year.
12. It was once suggested that rock 'n' roll is part of a pest to [undermine] the morals of the youth of our nation.
13. The North Vietnamese used guerrilla warfare to [undermine] the superior military strength of the Americans.
14. The Buddha wondered if people would ever be interested in a teaching that [undermines] their whole sense of existence at the root.
15. The bishop wrote a letter to the newspaper saying that homosexuality, adultery, prostitution and pornography [undermine] the foundations of the family, the basis of society.

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  • Undermine — Un der*mine , v. t. 1. To excavate the earth beneath, or the part of, especially for the purpose of causing to fall or be overthrown; to form a mine under; to sap; as, to undermine a wall. [1913 Webster] A vast rock undermined from one end to the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Undermine — can refer to* The military practise of mining a fortification, see Mining (military) * The fictional Transformers character see Undermine (Transformers) * The fictional Warcraft location see Undermine (Warcraft) …   Wikipedia

  • undermine — index check (restrain), corrupt, countervail, debilitate, disable, disarm (divest of arms), discommode …   Law dictionary

  • undermine — (v.) c.1300, undermyne, from UNDER (Cf. under) + MINE (Cf. mine) (v.). The figurative sense is attested from early 15c. Cf. Du. ondermijnen, Dan. underminere, Ger. unterminiren. Related: Undermined; undermining …   Etymology dictionary

  • undermine — *weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, sap, cripple, disable Analogous words: *ruin, wreck: *injure, damage, impair: thwart, foil, *frustrate Antonyms: reinforce …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • undermine — [v] weaken attenuate, blunt, clip one’s wings*, corrode, cripple, debilitate, dig, dig out*, disable, eat away*, enfeeble, erode, excavate, foil, frustrate, hollow out, hurt, impair, knock the bottom out of*, mine, poke full of holes*, ruin,… …   New thesaurus

  • undermine — ► VERB 1) erode the base or foundation of (a rock formation). 2) dig or excavate beneath (a building or fortification) so as to make it collapse. 2) weaken gradually or insidiously …   English terms dictionary

  • undermine — [un΄dər mīn′, un′dər mīn΄] vt. undermined, undermining 1. to dig beneath; excavate ground from under, so as to form a tunnel or mine 2. to wear away and weaken the supports of [erosion is undermining the wall] 3. to injure, weaken, or impair, esp …   English World dictionary

  • undermine — [[t]ʌ̱ndə(r)ma͟ɪn[/t]] ♦♦♦ undermines, undermining, undermined 1) VERB If you undermine something such as a feeling or a system, you make it less strong or less secure than it was before, often by a gradual process or by repeated efforts. [V n]… …   English dictionary

  • undermine */*/ — UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈmaɪn] / US [ˌʌndərˈmaɪn] verb [transitive] Word forms undermine : present tense I/you/we/they undermine he/she/it undermines present participle undermining past tense undermined past participle undermined 1) a) to make something or… …   English dictionary