Rousseau maintained that humans are peaceful in their natural state; wars result from the corrupting influences of civilization.
But the corrupting influence of absolute power begets an insatiable appetite for more power.
There are two schools of thought about this kind of corrupting entitlement.
U.S. political conventions are big, expensive, corrupting wastes of time.
We had unleashed on France the forces of “mondialisation”—globalization; we were corrupting their language and their cuisine.
For their sakes, and to rivet still faster their own fetters, they engage in the most corrupting of all employments—and for what?
If it is base and corrupting to admire wealth, it is insane to admire poverty.
That the orthodox charge the heretics with corrupting the text; and that the heretics recriminate upon the orthodox.
Let the corrupting influence of bad example be at once and forever removed.
This appeared to Fielding abominable hypocrisy, corrupting under disguise.
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.