- The definition of corrupt is dishonest or deteriorated.
An example of corrupt used as an adjective is a corrupt business which means a business that cheats customers.
- Corrupt means to destroy someone's honesty or hurt someone's morals.
An example of to corrupt is for a person to expose his younger sibling to alcohol.
- Obs. changed from a sound condition to an unsound one; spoiled; contaminated; rotten
- deteriorated from the normal or standard; specif.,
- morally unsound or debased; perverted; evil; depraved
- taking bribes; venal
- containing alterations, errors, or admixtures of foreignisms: said of texts, languages, etc.
Origin of corruptMiddle English from Classical Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, to destroy, spoil, bribe from com-, together + rumpere, to break: see rupture
- Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved.
- Venal or dishonest: a corrupt mayor.
- Containing errors or alterations, especially ones that prevent proper understanding or use: a corrupt translation; a corrupt computer file.
- Archaic Tainted; putrid.
verbcor·rupt·ed, cor·rupt·ing, cor·rupts
- To ruin morally; pervert: “The argument that modern life consists of a menu of horrors by which we are corrupted … is a founding idea of the critique of modernity” ( Susan Sontag )
- To destroy or subvert the honesty or integrity of, as by offering bribes: “Our politics has been corrupted by money and suffused with meanness” ( Peter Edelman )
- a. To cause to become rotten; spoil: “There was a strange smell in the room, high and slightly sweet, like perfume corrupted in the bottle” ( Bella Bathurst )b. Archaic To render impure; contaminate.
- a. To alter from original or proper form: “Strangers named them the Chippewa, which was corrupted to Ojibway” ( Paul Theroux )b. Computers To damage (data) in a file or on a disk.
Origin of corruptMiddle English from Latin corruptus past participle of corrumpere to destroy com- intensive pref. ; see com- . rumpere to break ; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
- cor·rupt′er cor·rup′tor
(comparative more corrupt, superlative most corrupt)
- In a depraved state; debased; perverted; morally degenerate; weak in morals.
- The government here is corrupt, so we'll emigrate to escape them.
- 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.
- Nouns to which "corrupt" is often applied: practice, state, country, nation, regime, city, government, person, man, politician, leader, mayor, judge, member, minister, file, database, document, woman.
(third-person singular simple present corrupts, present participle corrupting, simple past and past participle corrupted)
- 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!
- (intransitive) To become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot.
- To debase or render impure by alterations or innovations; to falsify.
- to corrupt language, or a holy text
- To waste, spoil, or consume; to make worthless.
From Middle English corrupten, from Old French corropt, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpō, corrumpere (“to destroy, ruin, injure, spoil, corrupt, bribe”), from com- (“together”) + rumpere (“to break in pieces”).