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sur-rŭo (subr- ), ŭi, ŭtum, 3, v. a., tear down below, to undermine, to dig under, dig out; to break down, overthrow, demolish, etc. (class.; perh. not in Cic.).
II. Trop., to undermine, subvert, corrupt: “omnis surruitur natura,Lucr. 4, 866: “nostram libertatem,Liv. 41, 23, 8: “animum laudis avarum,Hor. Ep. 2, 1, 180: “animos militum variis artibus,Tac. H. 2, 101: “aemulos Reges muneribus,Hor. C. 3, 16, 14: ne multorum securitas subruatur, Traj. ap. Plin. Ep. 10, 111 (112).
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