guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked: a corrupt judge.
(of a text) made inferior by errors or alterations: Scholars compared the corrupt Alexandrian manuscript with a more reliable Greek translation.
Archaic. decayed; putrid.
Computers. relating to or designating computer code or stored data that contains errors: If the corrupt file won’t open, restore a previous save.
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.
Archaic. to make putrid or putrescent.
Computers. to introduce errors in (computer code or stored data) when saving, transmitting, or retrieving it: I downloaded some free modifications that corrupted the core program, so I can’t open it until I uninstall and reinstall the original version.
English Law. (in historical use) to subject (an attainted person) to corruption of blood.
to become corrupt.
- cor·rupt·ed·ly, adverb
- cor·rupt·ed·ness, noun
- cor·rupt·er, cor·rup·tor, noun
- cor·rup·tive, adjective
- cor·rup·tive·ly, adverb
- cor·rupt·ly, adverb
- cor·rupt·ness, noun
- non·cor·rupt, adjective
- non·cor·rupt·ly, adverb
- non·cor·rupt·ness, noun
- non·cor·rupt·er, noun
- non·cor·rup·tive, adjective
- o·ver·cor·rupt, verb, adjective
- o·ver·cor·rupt·ly, adverb
- pre·cor·rupt, verb (used with object)
- pre·cor·rupt·ly, adverb
- pre·cor·rupt·ness, noun
- pre·cor·rup·tive, adjective
- un·cor·rupt, adjective
- un·cor·rupt·ly, adverb
- un·cor·rupt·ness, noun
- un·cor·rupt·ed, adjective
- un·cor·rupt·ed·ly, adverb
- un·cor·rupt·ed·ness, noun
- un·cor·rupt·ing, adjective
- un·cor·rup·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for corrupt
lacking in integrity; open to or involving bribery or other dishonest practices: a corrupt official; corrupt practices in an election
putrid or rotten
(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)
- corrupter or corruptor, noun
- corruptive, adjective
- corruptively, adverb
- corruptly, adverb
- corruptness, noun
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