1. guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked: a corrupt judge.
  2. debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil: a corrupt society.
  3. made inferior by errors or alterations, as a text.
  4. infected; tainted.
  5. decayed; putrid.

verb (used with object)

  1. to destroy the integrity of; cause to be dishonest, disloyal, etc., especially by bribery.
  2. to lower morally; pervert: to corrupt youth.
  3. to alter (a language, text, etc.) for the worse; debase.
  4. to mar; spoil.
  5. to infect; taint.
  6. to make putrid or putrescent.
  7. English Law. to subject (an attainted person) to corruption of blood.

verb (used without object)

  1. to become corrupt.


  1. not having been corruptedyou’re touchingly uncorrupted by power
  2. not contaminatedfood that is uncorrupted by chemicals


  1. lacking in integrity; open to or involving bribery or other dishonest practicesa corrupt official; corrupt practices in an election
  2. morally depraved
  3. putrid or rotten
  4. contaminated; unclean
  5. (of a text or manuscript) made meaningless or different in meaning from the original by scribal errors or alterations
  6. (of computer programs or data) containing errors


  1. to become or cause to become dishonest or disloyal
  2. to debase or become debased morally; deprave
  3. (tr) to infect or contaminate; taint
  4. (tr) to cause to become rotten
  5. (tr) to alter (a text, manuscript, etc) from the original
  6. (tr) computing to introduce errors into (data or a program)

adj.mid-14c., from Old French corropt “unhealthy, corrupt; uncouth” (of language), and directly from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere “to destroy; spoil,” figuratively “corrupt, seduce, bribe,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + rup-, past participle stem of rumpere “to break” (see rupture (n.)). Related: Corruptly; corruptness. v.mid-14c., “contaminate, impair the purity of,” from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere (see corrupt (adj.)). Late 14c. as “pervert the meaning of,” also “putrefy.” Related: Corrupted; corrupting.

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