If you woke up this morning looking at your social media news feed wondering what "suborning" means, you're probably not alone.
The word suborning, alongside the more common word perjury, is making the rounds today. Although not necessarily a trending word at this moment, it was being discussed enough online that Merriam-Webster Dictionary sent out a tweet explaining what the term "suborn" means.
So what is it? The word "suborn" on its own means "to induce secretly to do an unlawful thing," according to Merriam-Webster's website definition of the word. Most typically, however, as you've probably already inferred, the word is seen with another criminal act: perjury.
To "suborn perjury" means to tell or coerce someone else to lie under oath when they're about to give testimony. And it's a very big deal.
The federal statutes on the crime stipulate that a person can serve up to five years in prison if they're caught trying to influence someone to lie under oath, according to previous reporting from the Inquisitr. And that's just for the simple crime of "suborning perjury" — other crimes can be included along with it, not the least of which can be charges of obstruction of justice.