corrupt

[kuh-ruhpt]
adjective
1.
guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked: a corrupt judge.
2.
debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil: a corrupt society.
3.
made inferior by errors or alterations, as a text.
4.
infected; tainted.
5.
decayed; putrid.
verb (used with object)
6.
to destroy the integrity of; cause to be dishonest, disloyal, etc., especially by bribery.
7.
to lower morally; pervert: to corrupt youth.
8.
to alter (a language, text, etc.) for the worse; debase.
9.
to mar; spoil.
10.
to infect; taint.
11.
to make putrid or putrescent.
12.
English Law. to subject (an attainted person) to corruption of blood.
verb (used without object)
13.
to become corrupt.

Origin:
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

corruptedly, adverb
corruptedness, noun
corrupter, corruptor, noun
corruptive, adjective
corruptively, adverb
corruptly, adverb
corruptness, noun
noncorrupt, adjective
noncorruptly, adverb
noncorruptness, noun
noncorrupter, noun
noncorruptive, adjective
overcorrupt, verb, adjective
overcorruptly, adverb
precorrupt, verb (used with object)
precorruptly, adverb
precorruptness, noun
precorruptive, adjective
uncorrupt, adjective
uncorruptly, adverb
uncorruptness, noun
uncorrupted, adjective
uncorruptedly, adverb
uncorruptedness, noun
uncorrupting, adjective
uncorruptive, adjective


1. false, untrustworthy. 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. 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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corrupt (kəˈrʌpt)
 
adj
1.  lacking in integrity; open to or involving bribery or other dishonest practices: a corrupt official; corrupt practices in an election
2.  morally depraved
3.  putrid or rotten
4.  contaminated; unclean
5.  (of a text or manuscript) made meaningless or different in meaning from the original by scribal errors or alterations
6.  (of computer programs or data) containing errors
 
vb
7.  to become or cause to become dishonest or disloyal
8.  to debase or become debased morally; deprave
9.  (tr) to infect or contaminate; taint
10.  (tr) to cause to become rotten
11.  (tr) to alter (a text, manuscript, etc) from the original
12.  (tr) computing to introduce errors into (data or a program)
 
[C14: from Latin corruptus spoiled, from corrumpere to ruin, literally: break to pieces, from rumpere to break]
 
cor'rupter
 
n
 
cor'ruptor
 
n
 
cor'ruptive
 
adj
 
cor'ruptively
 
adv
 
cor'ruptly
 
adv
 
cor'ruptness
 
n

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corrupt
c.1300, from L. corruptus, pp. of corrumpere "to destroy, spoil, bribe," from com- intens. prefix + rup-, pp. stem of rumpere "to break" (see rupture).
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Example sentences
Ah yes, those evil wind power companies with their deep pockets, corrupting the
  science and misinforming the public.
He's been in their too long and has already started corrupting him.
They are corrupting law enforcement here and abroad and paying off politicians
  so that they can stay in business.
Smaller generators will protect the citizenry from the corrupting power of big
  business.
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