corrupt

[ kuh-ruhpt ]
/ kəˈrʌpt /
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adjective

verb (used with object)

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

SYNONYMS FOR corrupt

3, 4 contaminated.
4, 5 putrescent, rotten, spoiled.

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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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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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