- 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 corrupt
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?
November 21, 2014
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
November 8, 2014
This corrupt bargain results in a decade-long stasis, with far-reaching implications.Hate Hyper-Partisanship? Support Redistricting Reform Now
November 3, 2014
Preening, arrogant, vindictive, and inexorable; awash with cash; corrupt; in bed with corporate America and big finance.Meet The Democrats’ Secret Savior Against Cuomo Corporatism
September 14, 2014
To the contrary, he had established a reputation for taking on corrupt political bosses and powerful corporations.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
July 24, 2014
Nevertheless, we will have it done, lest their bad example should corrupt the other hogs.Tanglewood Tales
Halloway is honest and clean, at least, while McCune is corrupt to the bone.The Gentleman From Indiana
The noble people will be nobly ruled, and the ignorant and corrupt ignobly.Self-Help
I "run down" the accountant because he was either ignorant or corrupt.A Woman Intervenes
The earth is corrupt, science only serves to show its rottenness.Doctor Pascal
- 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 corrupt
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.