- 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 corrupting
Greer loves politics, but hates the corrupting influence of money on the system.How to Fight Corruption With Game Theory
November 29, 2014
Yet like Jews and African Americans, gays are “among us,” polluting our race, corrupting our values.Kazhakstan Crazies Want Gay DNA Tests
September 15, 2014
Rousseau maintained that humans are peaceful in their natural state; wars result from the corrupting influences of civilization.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
Apparently it was, yes, those ubiquitous Americans always bent on corrupting Mother Russia.The Kremlin's Rock 'n Roll Revisionism
April 27, 2014
A school shooting in north Moscow had politicians quickly blaming American culture as a corrupting influence on Russian youth.An American-Style School Shooting in Moscow
Andrew S. Bowen
February 4, 2014
What likelihood of corrupting a man who has no hope, no ambition?Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Nothing is more prejudicial to health than adulterated liquors, or liquors that are debased by any corrupting vegetable substance.
At the same time he has the chance of corrupting the child's morals.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
If it is base and corrupting to admire wealth, it is insane to admire poverty.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
Let the corrupting influence of bad example be at once and forever removed.Popular Education
- 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 corrupting
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.