Definitions for: Corrupt

[adj] lacking in integrity; "humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt and incompetent city government"
[adj] touched by rot or decay; "tainted bacon"; "`corrupt' is archaic"
[adj] containing errors or alterations; "a corrupt text"; "spoke a corrupted version of the language"
[adj] not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
[v] alter from the original
[v] place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
[v] make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence; "This judge can be bought"
[v] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cor*rupt` (k?r-r?pt"), a. [L. corruptus, p. p. of
corrumpere to corrupt; cor- + rumpere to break. See
1. Changed from a sound to a putrid state; spoiled; tainted;
vitiated; unsound.

Who with such corrupt and pestilent bread would feed
them. --Knolles.

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

At what ease Might corrupt minds procure knaves as
corrupt To swear against you. --Shak.

3. Abounding in errors; not genuine or correct; as, the text
of the manuscript is 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.

2. To change from good to bad; to vitiate; to deprave; to
pervert; to debase; to defile.

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

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

Heaven is above all yet; there sits a Judge That no
king can corrupt. --Shak.

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

He that makes an ill use of it [language], though he
does not corrupt the fountains of knowledge, . . .
yet he stops the pines. --Locke.

5. To waste, spoil, or consume; to make worthless.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt. --Matt. vi.

Cor*rupt" (k?r-r?pt"), v. i.
1. To become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot. --Bacon.

2. To become vitiated; to lose putity or goodness.

Synonyms: Augean, bribable, bribe, buy, cloud, corrupted, corruptible, crooked, debase, debased, debauch, defile, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, depraved, dirty, dishonest, immoral, imperfect, misdirect, perverse, pervert, perverted, praetorian, pretorian, profane, purchasable, putrid, reprobate, rotten, sneaky, sold-out(a), sordid, spoil, subvert, sully, taint, tainted, underhand, underhanded, unscrupulous, venal, vitiate, vitiated

Antonyms: incorrupt, straight

See Also: adulterate, alter, bastardise, bastardize, buy off, carnalise, carnalize, change, debase, deflower, dilute, dishonorable, impair, infect, lead astray, lead off, mar, modify, pay, pay off, poison, sensualise, sensualize, sop, spoil, stretch, suborn, unlawful, vitiate, whore

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