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 Meanings and Examples of UNDERMINE
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undermine
 v.  weaken by wearing away base or foundation; injure or impair; dig a mine or tunnel beneath
Classic Sentence:
1  She might, and not improbably would, have suffered death from the stern tribunals of the period, for attempting to undermine the foundations of the Puritan establishment.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XIII. ANOTHER VIEW OF HESTER
2  As the receding wave swept back with a hoarse roar, it seemed to scoop out deep caves in the beach, as if its purpose were to undermine the earth.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 55. TEMPEST
3  The grief had been there so shortly as to have abstracted nothing of the bloom, and had as yet but given a dignity to what it might eventually undermine.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 1: 4 The Halt on the Turnpike Road
4  To them it is only a moment affording opportunities to undermine a rival and obtain an extra cross or ribbon.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 10: CHAPTER XXV
5  The social soil is everywhere undermined, sometimes for good, sometimes for evil.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 7: CHAPTER I—MINES AND MINERS
6  One can perish from being undermined as well as from being struck by lightning.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 7: CHAPTER IV—THE TWO DUTIES: TO WATCH AND TO HOPE
7  He said she had undermined her strength.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
8  A was undermining B, D was undermining C, and so on in all possible combinations and permutations.
War and Peace(V5) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 13: CHAPTER III
9  He complained that there is a gutter on the adjoining house which discharges rain-water on his premises, and is undermining the foundations of his house.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 6: CHAPTER II—HOW JEAN MAY BECOME CHAMP
10  It not only undermines, in its hideous swarming, the actual social order; it undermines philosophy, it undermines human thought, it undermines civilization, it undermines revolution, it undermines progress.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 7: CHAPTER II—THE LOWEST DEPTHS
Example Sentence:
1  Offering advice on each and every problem will undermine her feeling of being adult.
2  The scandal threatened to undermine the institution of the Presidency.
3  The President has accused two cabinet ministers of working secretly to undermine his position/him.
4  Influences from the outside can undermine the values you want to teach your children.
5  US officials fear that the treaty might undermine the commercial protection afforded to gene tech companies through the World Trade Organisation deal on intellectual property rights.
6  What we should not allow this moment to undermine, is our commitment to South Africa, to the constitution and the reconstruction.
7  Our findings suggest that early childhood television viewing may also undermine future explosive leg strength and contribute to the accumulation of fat.
8  Her unwillingness to answer questions undermined the strength of her position.
9  Badgers had undermined the foundations of the church.
10  But Egypt's role as a mediator in this troubled region would be seriously undermined if it broke off links with Israel.
11  University of South Florida's Ernst Peebles said the oil on the floor is undermining the ecosystem from the bottom up.
12  They argue that the amendment undermines Canadian federalism.
13  Any disease which undermines a man's general health will interfere with his sperm production.