Definition of Corrupt

1. Verb. Corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality. "Corrupt the morals"

2. Adjective. Lacking in integrity. "A corrupt and incompetent city government"

3. Verb. Make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence. "Sam cannot corrupt Sue "; "This judge can be bought"
Exact synonyms: Bribe, Buy, Grease One's Palms
Category relationships: Crime, Criminal Offence, Criminal Offense, Law-breaking, Offence, Offense
Generic synonyms: Pay
Specialized synonyms: Sop, Buy Off, Pay Off
Derivative terms: Bribable, Bribe, Briber, Bribery, Corruptible

4. Adjective. Not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive.
Exact synonyms: Crooked
Attributes: Honestness, Honesty
Also: Dishonest, Dishonorable, Unlawful
Similar to: Sneaky, Underhand, Underhanded
Derivative terms: Corruptness, Crookedness
Antonyms: Straight

5. Verb. Place under suspicion or cast doubt upon. "Sully someone's reputation"
Exact synonyms: Cloud, Defile, Sully, Taint
Generic synonyms: Deflower, Impair, Mar, Spoil, Vitiate
Derivative terms: Cloud

6. Adjective. Containing errors or alterations. "Spoke a corrupted version of the language"
Exact synonyms: Corrupted
Similar to: Imperfect

7. Verb. Alter from the original.
Exact synonyms: Spoil
Generic synonyms: Modify
Specialized synonyms: Adulterate, Debase, Dilute, Load, Stretch
Derivative terms: Spoliation

8. Adjective. Touched by rot or decay. "`corrupt' is archaic"
Exact synonyms: Tainted
Similar to: Stale

Definition of Corrupt

1. a. Changed from a sound to a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound.

2. v. t. To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to make putrid; to putrefy.

3. v. i. To become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot.

Definition of Corrupt

1. Adjective. In a depraved state; debased; perverted; morally degenerate; weak in morals. ¹

2. Adjective. With lots of errors in it; not genuine or correct; in an invalid state. ¹

3. Adjective. In a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To make corrupt; to change from good to bad; to draw away from the right path; to deprave; to pervert. ¹

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Definition of Corrupt

1. dishonest and venal [adj -RUPTER, -RUPTEST] / to subvert the honesty or integrity of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Corrupt

corrugated board
corrugated cardboard
corrugated fastener
corrugated iron
corrugator cutis muscle of anus
corrugator muscle
corrugator supercilii
corrupt (current term)

Literary usage of Corrupt

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin (1921)
"EVERY THING THAT PROCEEDS FROM THE corrupt NATURE OW MAN 'WORTHY OF CONDEMNATION. ... You see that he places unlawful and corrupt affections not only in the ..."

2. A Guide to Election Law and the Law and Practice of Election Petitions by E. Chandos Leigh, Henry Denis Le Marchant, Yarborough Anderson, Charles Edward Ellis (1885)
"P any corrupt practices, or if he be convicted on indictment of any corrupt practice (C. & IPP Act,, ss. 4,5, & 6). It is to be noticed that the ..."

3. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, George Sharswood, Barron Field (1867)
"I shall briefly consider them in this place, because they devest the corrupt patron of the right of presentation, and vest a new right in the \.rown. IV. ..."

4. The Lives of the Chief Justices of England: From the Norman Conquest Till by John Campbell Campbell (1849)
"corrupt decisions of the House of Commons in election The Ayles- bury Case. ... One of the most corrupt returns was by the Bailiffs of Aylesbury. ..."

5. The Law and Custom of the Constitution by William Reynell Anson (1892)
"vacant unless the disqualification be removed within six months of its occurrence. corrupt §11. One who is found guilty of corrupt practices at a practices. ..."

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