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Adjective: corrupt (corrupter,corruptest)  ku'rúpt
  1. Tending to act dishonestly in exchange for money or other personal gain
    - crooked [informal], bent [Brit, informal]
  2. Lacking in integrity
    "humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt and incompetent city government"
  3. Containing errors or alterations
    "a corrupt text";
    - corrupted
  4. [archaic] Touched by rot or decay
    "corrupt bacon";
    - tainted
Verb: corrupt  ku'rúpt
  1. Alter from the original to become worse or broken
    - spoil
  2. Corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "corrupt the morals";
    - pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise [Brit], debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect
  3. (crime) make illegal payments to in exchange for favours or influence
    "This judge can be corrupted";
    - bribe, buy, grease the palm of
  4. (of someone's image or good reputation) damage, place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
    "corrupt someone's reputation";
    - defile, sully, taint, cloud, tarnish, soil, stain

Derived forms: corrupted, corrupter, corruptest, corrupting, corrupts

See also: bribable, corrupted, corruptible, corruption, corruptness, debased, depraved, dirty, dishonest, dishonorable [US], dishonourable [Brit, Cdn], honestness, honesty, immoral, imperfect, perverse, perverted, Praetorian, Pretorian, purchasable, putrid, reprobate, shoddy, sneaky, sold-out, sordid, stale, underhand, underhanded, unlawful, venal, vitiated

Type of: alter, change, deflower, impair, mar, modify, pay, pollute, spoil, vitiate

Antonym: incorrupt, straight

Encyclopedia: Corrupt