verb cor·rupt \kə-ˈrəpt\

: to cause (someone or something) to become dishonest, immoral, etc.

: to change (something) so that it is less pure or valuable

: to change (a book, computer file, etc.) from the correct or original form

Full Definition of CORRUPT

transitive verb
a :  to change from good to bad in morals, manners, or actions; also :  bribe
b :  to degrade with unsound principles or moral values
:  rot, spoil
:  to subject (a person) to corruption of blood
:  to alter from the original or correct form or version <the file was corrupted>
intransitive verb
a :  to become tainted or rotten
b :  to become morally debased
:  to cause disintegration or ruin
cor·rupt·er also cor·rup·tor \-ˈrəp-tər\ noun
cor·rupt·ibil·i·ty \-ˌrəp-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
cor·rupt·ible \-ˈrəp-tə-bəl\ adjective
cor·rupt·ibly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of CORRUPT

  1. a politician corrupted by greed
  2. music that corrupts the morals of children
  3. corrupting the country's legal system
  4. the corrupting influence of power
  5. Their idealism has been corrupted by cynicism.
  6. The file has been corrupted and no longer works properly.
  7. a corrupted version of the ancient text

Origin of CORRUPT

Middle English, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, from com- + rumpere to break — more at reave
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with CORRUPT



: doing things that are dishonest or illegal in order to make money or to gain or keep power

: done or controlled by dishonest and immoral people

: dishonest, evil, or immoral

Full Definition of CORRUPT

a :  morally degenerate and perverted :  depraved
b :  characterized by improper conduct (as bribery or the selling of favors) <corrupt judges>
:  adulterated or debased by change from an original or correct condition <a corrupt version of the text>
cor·rupt·ly \-ˈrəp(t)-lē\ adverb
cor·rupt·ness \-ˈrəp(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of CORRUPT

  1. The country's justice system is riddled with corrupt judges who accept bribes.
  2. corrupt cops who sell drugs
  3. the country's corrupt legal system
  4. a corrupt version of the text
  5. a corrupt computer file that no longer works properly

Origin of CORRUPT

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin corruptus
First Known Use: 14th century


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