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What does corrupt mean?
Corrupt is commonly used as an adjective to describe members of organizations or institutions who engage in illegal or otherwise dishonest practices to benefit themselves. It can also be used in this way to describe their actions or institutions that have a lot of this activity.
Corrupt can also be used as verb meaning to destroy the integrity of someone or something or cause someone to be dishonest.
The state of being corrupt is corruption. Both terms are most often used in the context of such rulebreaking by people who are powerful or who are responsible for the well-being of others, such as politicians, government officials, and police officers.
More generally, corrupt can be used as an adjective that means depraved, debased, or having been made worse in some way. It can also be used as a verb meaning to make someone or something depraved, debased, or worse in some way.
More specifically, corrupt can mean to alter a word or text in a way that deviates from its original or intended form.
Example: This isn’t just one or two corrupt officials. The whole organization is corrupt—bribes and kickbacks are their normal way of doing business.
Where does corrupt come from?
The first records of the word corrupt come from the 1200s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb corrumpere, meaning “to ruin” (or literally “to break to pieces”), from the verb rumpere, “to break.”
People described as corrupt are usually those who are supposed to be upholding the rules but instead break the rules to benefit themselves—typically to get richer or more powerful. The word is most commonly used to describe crooked officials in the government or other organizations and their shady dealings (as opposed to ordinary citizens). Perhaps the most common and well-known example of corruption is bribery, and in fact corruption can be used as a synonym of bribery.
When people say a person has been corrupted, it usually involves a debasing of their values or morality (at least in the judgment of the person using the word). Language and words are corrupted all the time as words evolve and get introduced into other languages. This sense of the word is less negative than others. In the context of software, data or files can get corrupted due to various errors, often resulting in files being lost or unable to be opened.
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What are some other forms related to corrupt?
- corruption (noun)
- corruptible (adjective)
- corruptive (adjective)
- corrupter (noun)
- corruptor (noun)
- corruptly (adverb)
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How is corrupt used in real life?
Corrupt is most commonly used to describe crooked institutions and officials, especially in government and politics.
One thing this week has really shown me is that even corrupt politicians you don’t like act quick and have sudden “changes of heart” under the right pressure. Voting is good but you also don’t need to wait for that, don’t underestimate the power of showing up for activist actions
— Stephanie Hurlburt (@sehurlburt) June 9, 2020
I blame my dad for corrupting my mind with free jazz and fusion…when I went to jazz school, I thought my teachers would respect sun ra and Albert Ayler.
— Cheetos 🎷👽✌🏼 Prophet (@kingkroba) March 8, 2019
Yeah, it's there. But it crashes before it can complete the autosave, so the file is corrupt and won't open… 🙁
It's fine, I'm just doing it over.
— Jazzy (@JazzsVids) June 19, 2020
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Is corrupt used correctly in the following sentence?
Parents often worry that their kids will stumble upon programming that corrupts their values.
Example sentences from the Web for corrupt
These young adults have voluntarily checked out of a political system they consider corrupt and dysfunctional.
Cuba, already corrupt, will have to avoid becoming even more so when American investment pours in.
So, is Rampal really that different from a corrupt, charismatic megachurch leader felled by scandal?Is India’s Fallen ‘God-Man’ So Different From a Megachurch Pastor?|Jay Michaelson|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That suggestion turns absurd when you consider the long list of corrupt Democrat politicians Lynch has sent to prison.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch|Michael Daly|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This corrupt bargain results in a decade-long stasis, with far-reaching implications.Hate Hyper-Partisanship? Support Redistricting Reform Now|John Avlon|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He will tell you that evil communications corrupt good manners, and pitch defiles.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
It is tolerably certain that this is a corrupt form of the passage, and only makes the matter darker.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
The administration had been too corrupt, the exactions too heavy to be longer borne, when reform appeared to be within reach.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
Their speech is a dialect called Chabucano—a mixture of very corrupt Spanish and native tongues.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
And the degraded society, like the robe which once covered the living body, but is afterwards cast off, is faded and corrupt.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham