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corrupt

[kuh-ruhpt] /kəˈrʌpt/
adjective
1.
guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked:
a corrupt judge.
2.
debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil:
a corrupt society.
3.
made inferior by errors or alterations, as a text.
4.
infected; tainted.
5.
decayed; putrid.
verb (used with object)
6.
to destroy the integrity of; cause to be dishonest, disloyal, etc., especially by bribery.
7.
to lower morally; pervert:
to corrupt youth.
8.
to alter (a language, text, etc.) for the worse; debase.
9.
to mar; spoil.
10.
to infect; taint.
11.
to make putrid or putrescent.
12.
English Law. to subject (an attainted person) to corruption of blood.
verb (used without object)
13.
to become corrupt.
Origin of corrupt
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin corruptus broken in pieces, corrupted (past participle of corrumpere), equivalent to cor- cor- + rup- (variant stem of rumpere to break) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
corruptedly, adverb
corruptedness, noun
corrupter, corruptor, noun
corruptive, adjective
corruptively, adverb
corruptly, adverb
corruptness, noun
noncorrupt, adjective
noncorruptly, adverb
noncorruptness, noun
noncorrupter, noun
noncorruptive, adjective
overcorrupt, verb, adjective
overcorruptly, adverb
precorrupt, verb (used with object)
precorruptly, adverb
precorruptness, noun
precorruptive, adjective
uncorrupt, adjective
uncorruptly, adverb
uncorruptness, noun
uncorrupted, adjective
uncorruptedly, adverb
uncorruptedness, noun
uncorrupting, adjective
uncorruptive, adjective
Synonyms
1. false, untrustworthy. 3, 4. contaminated. 4, 5. putrescent, rotten, spoiled. 6. demoralize, bribe. 7. debase, vitiate. 10. contaminate, pollute, spoil, defile. 11. putrefy.
Synonym Study
1.Corrupt, dishonest, venal apply to one, especially in public office, who acts on mercenary motives, without regard to honor, right, or justice. A corrupt politician is one originally honest who has succumbed to temptation and begun questionable practices. A dishonest politician is one lacking native integrity. A venal politician is one so totally debased as to sell patronage.
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Examples from the Web for corrupter
Historical Examples
  • And sometimes he is represented as the corrupter of the world; and sometimes the world as the corrupter of him and of itself.

    Sophist Plato
  • Then every Athenian improves and elevates them; all with the exception of myself; and I alone am their corrupter?

    Apology Plato
  • The corrupter of a Prince; the fellow who debauched and degraded him!'

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • The real oppressor, enslaver and corrupter of the people is the bible.

    Mistakes of Moses Robert G. Ingersoll
  • The real oppressor, enslaver and corrupter of the people is the Bible.

  • He means, 'Thou shalt not be an adulterer, nor corrupter, nor like them that are such.'

    Frauds and Follies of the Fathers Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
  • With the great "corrupter" removed the City hoped for great things.

  • The Athenians condemned him to death as a corrupter of youth in 396 B.C.

    The Birds Aristophanes
  • Grattan said Townsend was a corrupter, and Buckingham a jobber in a mask.

  • Cicero described him as "a corrupter of youth," and no one has denied it.

    From the Easy Chair, series 2 George William Curtis
British Dictionary definitions for corrupter

corrupt

/kəˈrʌpt/
adjective
1.
lacking in integrity; open to or involving bribery or other dishonest practices: a corrupt official, corrupt practices in an election
2.
morally depraved
3.
putrid or rotten
4.
contaminated; unclean
5.
(of a text or manuscript) made meaningless or different in meaning from the original by scribal errors or alterations
6.
(of computer programs or data) containing errors
verb
7.
to become or cause to become dishonest or disloyal
8.
to debase or become debased morally; deprave
9.
(transitive) to infect or contaminate; taint
10.
(transitive) to cause to become rotten
11.
(transitive) to alter (a text, manuscript, etc) from the original
12.
(transitive) (computing) to introduce errors into (data or a program)
Derived Forms
corrupter, corruptor, noun
corruptive, adjective
corruptively, adverb
corruptly, adverb
corruptness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin corruptus spoiled, from corrumpere to ruin, literally: break to pieces, from rumpere to break
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Word Origin and History for corrupter

corrupt

adj.

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.

corrupt

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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