verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- corrugated iron,
- corrugated paper,
- corrugator muscle,
- corrupt practices act,
- corruption of blood,
Origin of corrupt
Examples from the Web for corruptive
Your letter must be one of three kinds: pleading, peremptory, or corruptive.Mr. Punch in Bohemia|Various
To correct this, at once and forever, dig up the very soil in which the corruptive roots expanded—here was the way, the only way.The Genius|Margaret Horton Potter
Shall it again be held, in its orbit by the attractive, the corruptive influence of the petty island of Great Britain?
Word Origin 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.