What does corrupt mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. corruptadjective

    lacking in integrity

    "humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt and incompetent city government"

  2. crooked, corruptadjective

    not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive

  3. corrupt, corruptedadjective

    containing errors or alterations

    "a corrupt text"; "spoke a corrupted version of the language"

  4. corrupt, taintedverb

    touched by rot or decay

    "tainted bacon"; "`corrupt' is archaic"

  5. corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirectverb

    corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

    "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"

  6. bribe, corrupt, buy, grease one's palmsverb

    make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence

    "This judge can be bought"

  7. defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloudverb

    place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

    "sully someone's reputation"

  8. corrupt, spoilverb

    alter from the original


  1. corruptverb

    To make corrupt; to change from good to bad; to draw away from the right path; to deprave; to pervert.

    Don't you dare corrupt my son with those disgusting pictures!

  2. corruptadjective

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

    The Government here is corrupt, so we'll emigrate to escape them.

  3. corruptadjective

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

  4. corruptadjective

    In a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound.

    Who with such corrupt and pestilent bread would feed them.

  5. Etymology: From corrupten, from corruptus, past participle of corrumpo, from com- + rumpere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Corruptadjective

    Vitious; tainted with wickedness; without integrity.

    Etymology: from corrupt.

    Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying. Eph. iv. 29.

    Corrupt, corrupt, and tainted in desire. William Shakespeare, M. W. of Winds.

    These kind of knaves I know, which in this plainness
    Harbour more craft, and more corrupter ends,
    Than twenty silky ducking observants. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Some, who have been corrupt in their morals, have yet been infinitely solicitous to have their children piously brought up. Robert South, Sermons.

  2. To CORRUPTverb

    Etymology: corrumpo corruptus, Latin.

    I fear lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Cor. xi. 3.

    Even what things they naturally know, in those very things, as hearts void of reason, they corrupted themselves. Jude, v. 10.

    Evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Cor. xv. 33.

    All that have miscarried
    By underhand, corrupted, foul injustice. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    I have heard it said, the fittest time to corrupt a man’s wife, is when she’s fallen out with her husband. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    But stay, I smell a man of middle earth;
    With tryal fire touch me his finger-end;
    If he be chaste, the flame will back descend,
    And turn him to no pain; but if he start,
    It is the flesh of a corrupted heart. William Shakespeare, M. W. of Windsor.

    Language being the conduit whereby men convey their knowledge, he that makes an ill use of it, though he does not corrupt the fountains of knowledge, which are in things, yet he stops the pipes. John Locke.

    Hear the black trumpet through the world proclaim,
    That not to be corrupted is the shame. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Corruptverb

    To become putrid; to grow rotten; to putrefy.

    The aptness or propension of air or water to corrupt or putrefy, no doubt, is to be found before it break forth into manifest effects of diseases, blasting, or the like. Francis Bacon.


  1. corrupt

    Corruption is a form of dishonesty or a criminal offense which is undertaken by a person or an organization which is entrusted in a position of authority, in order to acquire illicit benefits or abuse power for one's personal gain. Corruption may involve many activities which include bribery, influence peddling and the embezzlement and it may also involve practices which are legal in many countries. Political corruption occurs when an office-holder or other governmental employee acts with an official capacity for personal gain. Corruption is most common in kleptocracies, oligarchies, narco-states, and mafia states.Corruption and crime are endemic sociological occurrences which appear with regular frequency in virtually all countries on a global scale in varying degrees and proportions. Each individual nation allocates domestic resources for the control and regulation of corruption and the deterrence of crime. Strategies which are undertaken in order to counter corruption are often summarized under the umbrella term anti-corruption. Additionally, global initiatives like the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16 also have a targeted goal which is supposed to substantially reduce corruption in all of its forms.


  1. corrupt

    Corrupt generally refers to being dishonest, unethical, or fraudulent, often involving bribery or other forms of illicit gain. It can also mean to change, damage, or ruin something from its original state or purity. This term can be applied to people, systems, data, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Corruptadjective

    changed from a sound to a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound

  2. Corruptadjective

    changed from a state of uprightness, correctness, truth, etc., to a worse state; vitiated; depraved; debased; perverted; as, corrupt language; corrupt judges

  3. Corruptadjective

    abounding in errors; not genuine or correct; as, the text of the manuscript is corrupt

  4. Corruptverb

    to change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to make putrid; to putrefy

  5. Corruptverb

    to change from good to bad; to vitiate; to deprave; to pervert; to debase; to defile

  6. Corruptverb

    to draw aside from the path of rectitude and duty; as, to corrupt a judge by a bribe

  7. Corruptverb

    to debase or render impure by alterations or innovations; to falsify; as, to corrupt language; to corrupt the sacred text

  8. Corruptverb

    to waste, spoil, or consume; to make worthless

  9. Corruptverb

    to become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot

  10. Corruptverb

    to become vitiated; to lose putity or goodness

  11. Etymology: [L. corruptus, p. p. of corrumpere to corrupt; cor- + rumpere to break. See Rupture.]


  1. Corrupt

    "Corrupt" was originally intended as the second Angel episode, but the production was abandoned, and instead "Lonely Hearts" was written and produced.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Corrupt

    kor-upt′, v.t. to make putrid: to defile: to mar: to debase: to bribe.—v.i. to rot: to lose purity.—adj. putrid: depraved: defiled: not genuine: full of errors.—ns. Corrupt′er; Corruptibil′ity, Corrupt′ibleness.—adj. Corrupt′ible, liable to be corrupted.—adv. Corrupt′ibly.—ns. Corrup′tion, rottenness: putrid matter: impurity: bribery; Corrup′tionist, one who defends or who practises corruption.—adj. Corrupt′ive, having the quality of corrupting.—adv. Corrupt′ly.—n. Corrupt′ness. [L. cor, inten., and rumpĕre, ruptum, to break.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of corrupt in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of corrupt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of corrupt in a Sentence

  1. Anne Marrin:

    Chris Covelli, a Lake County Sheriff’s Office detective, told FoxNews.com. On Sept. 1, 2015, Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz radioed in from a rural area of Fox Lake that Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz was getting out of Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz cruiser to check on three suspicious men, two white and one black. A short while later Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz was found shot to death, one bullet hitting Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz bulletproof vest, the other striking Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz below the vest, near Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz heart. Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz glasses and other belongings were found strewn around the swampy area, leading investigators to believe the officer engaged in some type of struggle. However, in a stunning twist, police discovered Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz carefully staged Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz suicide to look like murder. Investigators learned the corrupt cop apparently caved under the pressure of living a shocking double life for nearly two decades. It's unheard of in our profession that anyone would think to do something like that and it just shows the emotional state that he must have been in over all of this and knowing that we were getting closer to finding out what was really going on, said Fox Lake Administrator, Anne Marrin. According to investigators, Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the Fox Lake Explorer program, the' police academy for teens' Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz was hailed as a hero for managing for years. Police say Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz used the money for vacations, car repairs and even adult websites. It was also discovered Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz had extramarital affairs and arranged for Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz own mistress to marry Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz son in order to gain added military benefits. Perhaps the biggest bombshell was that Gliniewicz contacted a hit man to have Marrin murdered. It's crazy. I can't describe it any other way.

  2. Mariano Rajoy:

    I can understand the irritation and distrust of our citizens but suspicion should not be leveled at everyone, most politicians are decent people. Spain is not corrupt.

  3. Henry McMaster:

    I have prosecuted drug dealers, drug traffickers, corrupt politicians, i know how to do it. My opponents do not know how to do it.

  4. Daniel Fried:

    A proper Ukraine strategy needs two parts, one arm around their shoulder to help them resist aggression from the Kremlin and a foot on their back to get them to fix things at home, so that Ukraine is not simply a corrupt state vulnerable to that Russian aggression.

  5. Pramila Jayapal:

    The president was the first and best witness in this case. The president admitted to his wrongdoing and corrupt intent on national television, the president is the smoking gun.

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