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.

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. Adam Schiff:

    You might say that's all OK. You might say that's just what you need to do to win, but I don't think it's OK. I think it's immoral, I think it's unethical, I think it's unpatriotic, and yes, I think it's corrupt, and evidence of collusion.

  2. Salim Rahmoun:

    I cannot accept this vote because I do not recognize the corrupt system.

  3. Donald Trump:

    It is now clear that Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt enterprise in political history. What they were doing during Crooked Hillary’s time as Secretary of State was wrong then, and Crooked Hillary time is wrong now. Crooked Hillary time must be shut down immediately, crooked Hillary time’s pay-for-play. If Donald Trump look at Crooked Hillary time, Crooked Hillary time’s pay-for-play.

  4. Graham Greene, The Human Factor (1978):

    Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.

  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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    a state of irritation or annoyance
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