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[kuh-ruhpt] /kəˈrʌpt/
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to become corrupt.
Origin of corrupt
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
1. false, untrustworthy. 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. 3, 4. contaminated. 4, 5. putrescent, rotten, spoiled. 6. demoralize, bribe. 7. debase, vitiate. 10. contaminate, pollute, spoil, defile. 11. putrefy. Unabridged
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  • To whom when will modesty, and uncorrupt faith the sister of Justice, and undisguised truth, find any equal?

  • Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life, and doeth the thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.

  • Never before had authority been borne with so austere an integrity, so uncorrupt a zeal.

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • History, like the air we breathe, must be in motion to keep us uncorrupt: otherwise its ancient homes are infectious.

  • To a man who is uncorrupt and properly constituted, woman remains always something of a mystery and a romance.

    Smoking and Drinking James Parton
  • He is universally beloved303 here, and every one allows, that he is as uncorrupt as his Master.

  • I was also uncorrupt before him: and eschewed mine own wickedness.

    David Charles Kingsley
  • There was evidence that it had not been uncorrupt when buried, and there was no trace of any injury done to the leg-bone.

  • The genuineness, uncorrupt preservation, and authenticity of the four canonical gospels have already been shown at some length.

    Companion to the Bible E. P. Barrows
British Dictionary definitions for uncorrupt


lacking in integrity; open to or involving bribery or other dishonest practices: a 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
(transitive) to infect or contaminate; taint
(transitive) to cause to become rotten
(transitive) to alter (a text, manuscript, etc) from the original
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uncorrupt



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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