- 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 corruptly
They are as corruptly managed as those of the city government.Chicago, Satan's Sanctum
L. O. Curon
On emerging from them it is said to have been "cylindered," or, corruptly, "calendered."Lancashire
Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
The words euere-il del are corruptly repeated from line 1330 above.The Lay of Havelok the Dane
The glaive of Justice should descend where erstwhile it had corruptly been stayed.The Boss of Little Arcady
Harry Leon Wilson
Ensign (corruptly written "ancient" during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries).British Flags
W. G. Perrin
- 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 corruptly
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.