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corrupt

verb

  1. (change)  to corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    Synonyms: debase, debauch, demoralise [British spelling], demoralize [American/Canadian spelling],...
  2. (crime)  to make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
    Synonyms: bribe, buy, grease one's palms. Topic: crime. Type of: pay
  3. (mar)  to place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
    Synonyms: cloud, defile, sully, taint. Type of: mar
  4. (change verb)  to alter from the original
    Synonyms: spoil. Type of: modify

adjective

  1. (lacking, integrity)  lacking in integrity
    Similar to: corrupted, corruptible, depraved, dirty, Praetorian, putrid, sold-out. Described by:...
  2. (sneaky)  not straight; dishonest, immoral, or evasive
    Synonyms: crooked, thawn [Scotland]. Similar to: sneaky. Described by: honesty
  3. (imperfect)  containing errors or alterations
    Synonyms: corrupted. Similar to: imperfect
  4. (stale)  touched by rot or decay
    Synonyms: tainted. Similar to: stale

Etymology summary

Old French corropt "unhealthy, corrupt; uncouth" (of language), and directly...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Corruption

In philosophical, theological, or moral discussions, corruption is spiritual or moral impurity or deviation from an ideal. Corruption may include many activities including bribery and embezzlement. Government, or 'political', corruption occurs when an ... (33 of 2451 words, 1 image)

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Corrupt (disambiguation)

to be spiritually or morally impure or acting illegal. Corrupt may also refer to: Corrupt (1983 film), an Italian thriller film | Corrupt (1999 film), an American crime film | "Corrupt" (Angel), an unproduced television episode | Corruption ... (35 of 97 words, 7 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

corrupt | contaminated [synonym, sense-specific] | deprave [synonym, sense-specific] | taint [synonym, sense-specific] | unclean [synonym, sense-specific] | corrupter [derived] | corruptor [noun, derived]

lacking in integrity; open to or involving bribery or other dishonest practices, | morally depraved | putrid or rotten | contaminated; unclean | (of a ... (21 of 615 words, 12 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

corrupt [entry 1, verb] | rot [synonym, sense-specific] | also [synonym, sense-specific] | spoil [synonym, sense-specific] | break down [synonym, sense-specific] | decay [synonym, sense-specific] | decompose [synonym, sense-specific] | disintegrate [synonym, sense-specific] | fester [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to change from good to bad in morals, manners, or actions ; also, "bribe" ; to degrade with unsound principles or moral values | "rot", "spoil" | to ... (26 of 250 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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corrupt [entry 2, adjective] | putrid [synonym, sense-specific] | depraved [synonym, sense-specific] | tainted [synonym, sense-specific] | debased [synonym, sense-specific] | debauched [synonym, sense-specific] | decadent [synonym, sense-specific] | degenerate [synonym, sense-specific] | degraded [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

morally degenerate and perverted; "depraved" ; characterized by improper conduct (as bribery or the selling of favors) | "putrid", "tainted" | ... (19 of 182 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

corrupt | contaminate [synonym, sense-specific] | corrupter [derived] | corruptibility [derived] | corruptible [derived] | corruptive [derived] | corruptly [derived] | corruptness [derived]

having or showing a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain | evil or morally depraved | (of a text or a computer database ... (26 of 203 words, 8 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

corrupt | corrupted [past tense] | corrupting [present participle] | corrupts [3rd-person singular present] | debased [synonym, sense-specific] | spoiled [synonym, sense-specific] | vitiated [synonym, sense-specific] | perverted [synonym, sense-specific] | tainted [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

In a depraved state; debased; perverted; morally degenerate; weak in morals. | With lots of errors in it; not genuine or correct; in an invalid state. | In a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound. | [transitive] To make corrupt; to change... (39 of 118 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

corrupt | corrupted [past tense] | corrupting [present participle] | corrupts [3rd-person singular present] | corrupter [noun, related] | corruptor [noun, related] | corruptive [adjective, related] | corruptly [adverb, related] | corruptness [noun, related]

Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved. | Venal; dishonest | Containing errors or alterations, as a text | [archaic] Tainted; putrid. | To ... (19 of 115 words, 11 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

corrupt

guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked. | debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil. | made inferior by ... (19 of 109 words, 13 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

corrupt [transitive, often passive, verb] | corrupted [past tense] | corrupting [present participle] | corrupts [3rd-person singular present]

to encourage someone to start doing dishonest, illegal, or immoral things | [computing] if computer programs or files are corrupted, they have ... (21 of 84 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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corrupt | corruptly [adverb, related]

doing dishonest, illegal, or immoral things in order to gain money or power ; used about societies or systems | [computing] corrupt computer programs ... (23 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

corrupt | corrupter [related] | corruptly [adverb, related] | corruptness [noun, related]

[obsolete] changed from a sound condition to an unsound one; spoiled; contaminated; rotten | deteriorated from the normal or standard; specifically, ; ... (21 of 78 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

corrupt [entry 1]

dishonestly using your position or power to your own advantage, especially for money | morally bad (15 of 46 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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corrupt [entry 2]

When information on a computer becomes corrupt, it's spoilt and cannot be used because it has become changed in wrong ways (21 of 32 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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corrupt [entry 3] | corruptible [adjective, derived]

to make someone or something become dishonest or immoral (9 of 43 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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corrupt [entry 4]

to change the information on a computer in wrong ways so that it cannot be used (16 of 37 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

corrupt | corrupted [past tense] | corrupting [present participle] | corrupts [3rd-person singular present]

immoral or dishonest, especially as shown by the exploitation of a position of power or trust for personal gain | extremely immoral or depraved | ... (23 of 262 words, 12 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861600529​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

corrupt

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: Old French corropt "unhealthy, corrupt; uncouth" (of language), and directly from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere ... (19 of 45 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

corrupt | corrupted [past tense] | corrupting [present participle] | corrupts [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English corrupten, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpō, corrumpere ("to destroy, ruin, injure, spoil, corrupt, bribe"), from com- ("together") + rumpere ("to break in pieces").

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American Heritage Dictionary:

corrupt | corrupted [past tense] | corrupting [present participle] | corrupts [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, to destroy: com-, intensive prefix; see "com-" ... (16 of 24 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

corrupt

Origin: Middle English from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, to destroy, spoil, bribe from com-, together + rumpere, to break: see "rupture"

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Collins Dictionary:

corrupt

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin corruptus spoiled, from corrumpere to ruin, literally: break to pieces, from rumpere to break

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/corrupt

Oxford Dictionary:

corrupt

Origin: Middle English: from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere "mar, bribe, destroy", from cor- "altogether" + rumpere "to break"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/corrupt

Merriam-Webster:

corrupt [entry 1, verb]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, from com- + rumpere to break

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/corrupt

corrupt [entry 2, adjective]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin corruptus

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Encarta Dictionary:

corrupt | corrupted [past tense] | corrupting [present participle] | corrupts [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere "break completely" from rumpere "to break"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861600529​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

corrupt | corrupted [past tense] | corrupting [present participle] | corrupts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "corrupt"

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Collins Dictionary:

corrupt

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

corrupt [transitive, often passive, verb] | corrupted [past tense] | corrupting [present participle] | corrupts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "corrupt"

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corrupt

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

corrupt [transitive, often passive, verb] | corrupted [past tense] | corrupting [present participle] | corrupts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "corrupt"

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corrupt

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Cambridge Dictionary:

corrupt [entry 1]

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the Free Dictionary:

corrupt

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Google Dictionary:

corrupt | corrupted [past tense] | corrupting [present participle] | corrupts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "corrupt"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

corrupt

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YourDictionary Audio:

corrupt

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