corrupt
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, from com- + rumpere to break — more at reave Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to change from good to bad in morals, manners, or actions; also bribe b. to degrade with unsound principles or moral values 2. rot, spoil 3. to subject (a person) to corruption of blood 4. to alter from the original or correct form or version <
the file was corrupted
>
intransitive verb 1. a. to become tainted or rotten b. to become morally debased 2. to cause disintegration or ruin Synonyms: see debasecorrupter also corruptor nouncorruptibility nouncorruptible adjectivecorruptibly adverb II. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin corruptus Date: 14th century 1. a. morally degenerate and perverted ; depraved b. characterized by improper conduct (as bribery or the selling of favors) <
corrupt judges
>
2. putrid, tainted 3. adulterated or debased by change from an original or correct condition <
a corrupt version of the text
>
Synonyms: see viciouscorruptly adverbcorruptness noun

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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 (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… …   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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