corrupt

[ kuh-ruhpt ]
/ kəˈrʌpt /

adjective

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become corrupt.

Nearby words

  1. corrugated iron,
  2. corrugated paper,
  3. corrugation,
  4. corrugator,
  5. corrugator muscle,
  6. corrupt practices act,
  7. corruptible,
  8. corruption,
  9. corruption of blood,
  10. corruptionist

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

SYNONYMS FOR corrupt
1. false, untrustworthy. 3, 4. contaminated. 4, 5. putrescent, rotten, spoiled. 6. demoralize, bribe. 7. debase, vitiate. 10. contaminate, pollute, spoil, defile. 11. putrefy.

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Synonym study

1. 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for corrupted

corrupt

/ (kəˈrʌpt) /

adjective

verb

Derived Forms

Word Origin for corrupt

C14: from Latin corruptus spoiled, from corrumpere to ruin, literally: break to pieces, from rumpere to break

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