verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of corrupt
Synonyms for corrupt
Examples from the Web for corruptive
Historical Examples of corruptive
Your letter must be one of three kinds: pleading, peremptory, or corruptive.Mr. Punch in Bohemia
Shall it again be held, in its orbit by the attractive, the corruptive influence of the petty island of Great Britain?
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
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.