corrupt

If someone or something is corrupt, they’re broken morally or in some other way. Corrupt people perform immoral or illegal acts for personal gain, without apology. Corrupt politicians take bribes and deny it.

When you corrupt someone, you convince them to do something wrong or even illegal. If you talk your little brother into stealing cookies from the cookie jar, you're corrupting him. Something corrupt is rotten, spoiled, or out of commission, like a file that makes your computer crash. A corrupt person — a criminal, a crook, or a cookie thief — brings society down with immoral and dishonest behavior. Corrupt goes back to the Latin roots cor-, "altogether," and rumpere, "break."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: corrupt

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adjv
not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
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v
make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
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adjv
containing errors or alterations
alter from the original
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: corrupt
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adj not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive

Synonyms:
crooked
dishonest, dishonorable
deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
unlawful
contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law
sneaky, underhand, underhanded
marked by deception
Antonyms:
square, straight
characterized by honesty and fairness
honest, honorable
not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
lawful
conformable to or allowed by law
aboveboard, straightforward
without concealment or deception; honest
guileless, transparent
free of deceit
straightarrow
conventionally moral and upright
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adj lacking in integrity

“humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation”
“a corrupt and incompetent city government”
Synonyms
corrupted, debased, vitiated
ruined in character or quality
bribable, corruptible, dishonest, purchasable, venal
capable of being corrupted
depraved, perverse, perverted, reprobate
deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good
dirty, sordid
unethical or dishonest
Praetorian, Pretorian
characteristic of or similar to the corruptible soldiers in the Praetorian Guard with respect to corruption or political venality
putrid
morally corrupt or evil
sold-out
having taken a bribe or bribes
immoral
deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
Antonyms:
incorrupt
free of corruption or immorality
antiseptic
clean and honest
incorruptible
incapable of being morally corrupted
uncorrupted
not debased
uncorrupted, unspoiled
not decayed or decomposed
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adj touched by rot or decay

“`corrupt' is archaic”
Synonyms:
tainted
stale
lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age

v corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

“Socrates was accused of corrupting young men”
corrupt the morals”
Synonyms:
debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate
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carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, sensualize
debase through carnal gratification
infect
corrupt with ideas or an ideology
lead astray, lead off
teach immoral behavior to
poison
spoil as if by poison
bastardise, bastardize
change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms
suborn
incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

Synonyms:
cloud, defile, sully, taint
Type of:
deflower, impair, mar, spoil, vitiate
make imperfect
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v make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence

Synonyms:
bribe, buy, grease one's palms
Types:
sop
give a conciliatory gift or bribe to
buy off, pay off
pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor
Type of:
pay
give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
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adj containing errors or alterations

“a corrupt text”
Synonyms:
corrupted
imperfect
not perfect; defective or inadequate

v alter from the original

Synonyms:
spoil
Types:
adulterate, debase, dilute, load, stretch
corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
water down
thin by adding water to
doctor, doctor up, sophisticate
alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive
Type of:
modify
make less severe or harsh or extreme
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