cor·​rup·​tive kə-ˈrəp-tiv How to pronounce corruptive (audio)
: producing or tending to produce corruption
corruptively adverb

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The main theories revolve around Egregore, the corruptive darkness plant on the Leviathan, or a more generalized poison theme. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 For those who don’t believe in the corruptive nature of power, there are approximately 875 Netflix shows illustrating the concept. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 The film noir tackles the corruptive tendencies of power, with Broderick Crawford as a populist politician who rises up as a Southern governor and wields dangerous influence. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 Thrusting an intelligent idealist into a leadership position is a time-honored method of chronicling the corruptive nature of power, particularly the political variety. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Every episode of Gangs of London serves as a reminder that the people in charge are not messing around: Money, vengeance, and power are corruptive, awful things, and those who hold them will do anything to hold onto them. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 10 May 2021 Will Destiny have to write this into the game as Saint, Saladin and Shaxx all get together to banish the corruptive force from the Crucible? Paul Tassi, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2021 The move was partly an effort to blunt criticism from his more progressive rivals, Mr. Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who declined to hold big-donor events, casting them as corruptive. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2020 Outraged at the corruptive influence the movie—and, by extension, the country that created it—has had on their kids, the moms of South Park wage a cultural war against Canada, which results in Terrance and Phillip being arrested as war criminals. Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, 3 July 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corruptive was in the 15th century

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“Corruptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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Last Updated: 12 Aug 2022

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