- guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked: a corrupt judge.
- debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil: a corrupt society.
- made inferior by errors or alterations, as a text.
- infected; tainted.
- decayed; putrid.
- to destroy the integrity of; cause to be dishonest, disloyal, etc., especially by bribery.
- to lower morally; pervert: to corrupt youth.
- to alter (a language, text, etc.) for the worse; debase.
- to mar; spoil.
- to infect; taint.
- to make putrid or putrescent.
- English Law. to subject (an attainted person) to corruption of blood.
- to become corrupt.
Origin of corrupt
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Examples from the Web for corrupted
That could include private financial or personal information—like the credit-card numbers you used to pay for the corrupted Wi-Fi.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security
December 31, 2014
And its mean-hearted message, in my opinion, has corrupted the social gospel.Dear Evangelicals: You’re Being Had
November 30, 2014
Almost like examining every game developer and game publication for signs of being “corrupted by the feminist agenda.”Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage
October 16, 2014
Anyone who can't see how corrupted our polices are by the arms-dealer front group known as the NRA isn't looking very hard.9-Year Old With an Uzi? America Is Tougher on Toys Than Guns
August 28, 2014
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.The Story of Noah's Ark From the Bible’s Book of Genesis
The Daily Beast
March 24, 2014
I am secure in one of the wench's qualities however—she is not to be corrupted.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Your people have steadily destroyed and corrupted my people.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Where the flour is corrupted, the use of it in every other article of food, will of course be as unwholesome as in that of bread.
You have corrupted my son's mind, and encouraged him to insult his mother.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
But the judge controls mind by mind; and therefore his mind should not be corrupted by crime.The Republic
- lacking in integrity; open to or involving bribery or other dishonest practicesa corrupt official; corrupt practices in an election
- morally depraved
- putrid or rotten
- contaminated; unclean
- (of a text or manuscript) made meaningless or different in meaning from the original by scribal errors or alterations
- (of computer programs or data) containing errors
- to become or cause to become dishonest or disloyal
- to debase or become debased morally; deprave
- (tr) to infect or contaminate; taint
- (tr) to cause to become rotten
- (tr) to alter (a text, manuscript, etc) from the original
- (tr) computing to introduce errors into (data or a program)
Word Origin and History for corrupted
mid-14c., from Old French corropt "unhealthy, corrupt; uncouth" (of language), and directly from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere "to destroy; spoil," figuratively "corrupt, seduce, bribe," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + rup-, past participle stem of rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)). Related: Corruptly; corruptness.
mid-14c., "contaminate, impair the purity of," from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere (see corrupt (adj.)). Late 14c. as "pervert the meaning of," also "putrefy." Related: Corrupted; corrupting.