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corrupt (change)

Definition:

to corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

Class:

social verb (politics, social activities, events, etc.)

Past tense:

corrupted

Present participle:

corrupting

3rd-person singular present:

corrupts

Type of:

change

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • Socrates was accused of corrupting young men
  • corrupt the morals

Synonyms:

debase | debauch | demoralise [British spelling] | demoralize [American/Canadian spelling] | deprave | misdirect | pervert | profane | subvert | vitiate

Etymology:

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

All senses of corrupt...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

deprave | corrupt [synonym, sense-specific] | slander [synonym, sense-specific] | vitiate [synonym, sense-specific]

to make morally bad; corrupt; vitiate | [obsolete] to defame; slander (10 of 385 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Merriam-Webster:

deprave | depraved [past tense] | depraving [present participle] | malign [synonym, sense-specific] | corrupt [synonym, sense-specific] | abase [synonym, sense-specific] | bastardize [synonym, sense-specific] | canker [synonym, sense-specific] | cheapen [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] to speak ill of; "malign" | to make bad; "corrupt" ; especially, to corrupt morally (15 of 158 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

deprave | depravation [derived]

make (someone) immoral or wicked (5 of 66 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/deprave

New World Dictionary:

deprave | depraved [past tense] | depraving [present participle] | depravation [noun, related] | depraver [noun, related]

to lead into bad habits; make morally bad; corrupt; pervert | [obsolete] to defame or slander (15 of 53 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/deprave

American Heritage Dictionary:

deprave | depraved [past tense] | depraving [present participle] | depraves [3rd-person singular present] | depravation [noun, related] | depraver [noun, related]

To debase, especially morally; corrupt. (5 of 39 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/deprave

Wiktionary:

deprave | depraved [past tense] | depraving [present participle] | depraves [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] To speak ill of; to depreciate; to malign; to revile | [transitive] To make bad or worse; to vitiate; to corrupt (21 of 28 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/deprave

Random House Dictionary:

deprave | depraved [past tense] | depraving [present participle]

to make morally bad or evil; vitiate; corrupt. | [obsolete] to defame. (11 of 19 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/deprave

Cambridge Dictionary:

deprave [formal]

to make someone depraved (4 of 10 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/deprave

Macmillan British Dictionary:

demoralize [transitive] | demoralized [past tense] | demoralizing [present participle] | demoralizes [3rd-person singular present] | demoralise [British spelling] | demoralization [noun, uncountable, related]

to make someone lose confidence or hope (7 of 42 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/demoralize

Wikipedia:

Debasement

the practice of lowering the value of currency. It's particularly used in connection with commodity money such as gold or silver coins. A coin is said to be debased if the quantity of gold, silver, copper or nickel is reduced. For example, the value of... (45 of 630 words)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

corruption [law]

Improper and usually unlawful conduct intended to secure a benefit for oneself or another. Its forms include bribery, extortion, and the misuse of ... (23 of 64 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/1163901​/corruption

Encarta Dictionary:

deprave [often passive] | depraved [past tense] | depraving [present participle] | depraves [3rd-person singular present]

to have a morally bad or corrupting influence on somebody (10 of 53 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603855​/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"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/corrupt

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

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "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

Audio: British English pronunciation of "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]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "corrupt"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "corrupt"

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the Free Dictionary:

corrupt

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "corrupt"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "corrupt"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "corrupt" by speech synthesizer

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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

Audio: North American pronunciation of "corrupt"

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YourDictionary Audio:

corrupt

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "corrupt" by speech synthesizer

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