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From Middle English corrupten, derived from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpō, corrumpere (“to destroy, ruin, injure, spoil, corrupt, bribe”), from com- (“together”) + rumpere (“to break in pieces”).
- Willing to act dishonestly for personal gain; accepting bribes.
- In a depraved state; debased; perverted; morally degenerate; weak in morals.
- The government here is corrupt, so we'll emigrate to escape them.
- 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
- At what ease
Might corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt
To swear against you.
- At what ease
- Abounding in errors; not genuine or correct; in an invalid state.
- The text of the manuscript is corrupt.
- It turned out that the program was corrupt - that's why it wouldn't open.
- In a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound.
- corrupt practice
- corrupt state
- corrupt country
- corrupt nation
- corrupt regime
- corrupt city
- corrupt government
- corrupt person
- corrupt man
- corrupt politician
- corrupt mayor
- corrupt judge
- corrupt member
- corrupt minister
- corrupt file
- corrupt database
- corrupt document
- corrupt woman
in a depraved state
with lots of errors in it
- (transitive) 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!
- (archaic, intransitive) To become putrid, tainted, or otherwise impure; to putrefy; to rot.
- 1732, George Smith, Institutiones Chirurgicæ: or, Principles of Surgery, [...] To which is Annexed, a Chirurgical Dispensatory, [...], London: Printed [by William Bowyer] for Henry Lintot, at the Cross-Keys against St. Dunstan's Church in Fleetstreet, OCLC 745299684, page 254:
- […] Lanfrank takes Notice of Tract. 3. Doct. 3. cap. 18. ſaying, "I have ſeen many who being full of Humours, have made an Iſſue under the Knee, before due Purgation had been premis'd; whence, by reaſon of the too great Defluxion of Humours, the Legs tumified, ſo that the cauterized Place corrupted, and a Cancer (or rather cacoethic Ulcer) was thereby made, with which great Difficulty was cur'd."
- (transitive) To introduce errors; to place into an invalid state.
- Unplugging a flash drive without dismounting it first can corrupt the data stored on the drive.
- To debase or make impure by alterations or additions; to falsify.
- to corrupt language, or a holy text
- to corrupt a book
- To waste, spoil, or consume; to make worthless.
to change from good to bad
- corrupt in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- corrupt in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- corrupt (lacking integrity, being prone to discriminating, open to bribes, etc.)
- Het bleek lastig om corrupte topambtenaren uit het bestuursapparaat te verwijderen.
- It turned out to be hard to remove corrupt high-ranking officials from the civil service.
- (textual criticism) corrupt (containing (many) errors)
- De tekst is op deze plaats zo corrupt dat iedere reconstructie op zand gegrondvest is.
- The text is so corrupt in this passage, that any reconstruction would be built on sand.
- deprave, morally corrupt
- De Grote Oorlog toonde hem dat de wereldorde corrupt was.
- The Great War showed him that the world order was corrupt.
|Inflection of corrupt|
- corrupt (impure; not in its original form)