Corrupt Cor*rupt` (k?r-r?pt"), a. [L. corruptus, p. p. of corrumpere to corrupt; cor- + rumpere to break. See {Rupture}.] 1. Changed from a sound to a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound. [1913 Webster]

Who with such corrupt and pestilent bread would feed them. --Knolles. [1913 Webster]

2. Changed from a state of uprightness, correctness, truth, etc., to a worse state; vitiated; depraved; debased; perverted; as, corrupt language; corrupt judges. [1913 Webster]

At what ease Might corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt To swear against you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Abounding in errors; not genuine or correct; as, the text of the manuscript is corrupt. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Corrupt — Cor*rupt , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Corrupted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Corrupting}.] 1. To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to make putrid; to putrefy. [1913 Webster] 2. To change from good to bad; to vitiate; to deprave; to pervert; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corrupt — cor·rupt 1 /kə rəpt/ adj: having an unlawful or evil motive; esp: characterized by improper and usu. unlawful conduct intended to secure a benefit for oneself or another (as by taking or giving bribes) cor·rupt·ly adj cor·rupt·ness n corrupt 2 vt …   Law dictionary

  • corrupt — [adj1] dishonest base, bent, bribable, crooked, debauched, double dealing, exploiting, extortionate, faithless, fast and loose*, fixed, foul, fraudulent, gone to the dogs*, inconstant, iniquitous, knavish, mercenary, nefarious, on the take*, open …   New thesaurus

  • corrupt — mid 14c., from O.Fr. corropt unhealthy, corrupt; uncouth (of language), and directly from L. corruptus, pp. of corrumpere to destroy; spoil, figuratively corrupt, seduce, bribe, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + rup , pp. stem… …   Etymology dictionary

  • corrupt — vb deprave, debauch, pervert, *debase Analogous words: degrade, debase, *abase: *ruin, wreck: pollute, defile, *contaminate Contrasted words: reform, amend, *correct …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • corrupt — ► ADJECTIVE 1) willing to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain. 2) evil or morally depraved. 3) (of a text or computer data) made unreliable by errors or alterations. 4) archaic rotten or putrid. ► VERB 1) make corrupt. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • corrupt — [kə rupt′] adj. [ME < L corruptus, pp. of corrumpere, to destroy, spoil, bribe < com , together + rumpere, to break: see RUPTURE] 1. Obs. changed from a sound condition to an unsound one; spoiled; contaminated; rotten 2. deteriorated from… …   English World dictionary

  • Corrupt — Cor*rupt (k?r r?pt ), v. i. 1. To become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To become vitiated; to lose purity or goodness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corrupt — ▪ I. corrupt cor‧rupt 1 [kəˈrʌpt] adjective 1. LAW using power in a dishonest or illegal way in order to get money or an advantage of some kind: • Swiss justice, in our experience, is as tough on corrupt bankers as it is on all other criminals. • …   Financial and business terms

  • corrupt — 01. The former president was obviously [corrupt], and is accused of having stolen millions of dollars from the country. 02. Suspicions of widespread [corruption] in government have resulted in the downfall of the presidency. 03. There is a lot of …   Grammatical examples in English

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