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corrupt - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'corrupt' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Corrupt [ a.]
- Changed from a sound to a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound.
- Changed from a state of uprightness, correctness, truth, etc., to a worse state; vitiated; depraved; debased; perverted; as, corrupt language; corrupt judges.
- Abounding in errors; not genuine or correct; as, the text of the manuscript is corrupt.
2 . Corrupt [ v. i.]
- To become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot.
- To become vitiated; to lose putity or goodness.
3 . Corrupt [ v. t.]
- To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to make putrid; to putrefy.
- To change from good to bad; to vitiate; to deprave; to pervert; to debase; to defile.
- To draw aside from the path of rectitude and duty; as, to corrupt a judge by a bribe.
- To debase or render impure by alterations or innovations; to falsify; as, to corrupt language; to corrupt the sacred text.
- To waste, spoil, or consume; to make worthless.

Meaning of 'corrupt' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . corrupt [ v]
Meaning (1):
- corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
Example in sentence:
  • corrupt the morals;
  • debauch the young people with wine and women;
  • Do school counselors subvert young children?;
  • Socrates was accused of corrupting young men
Meaning (2):
- place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
Example in sentence:
  • sully someone's reputation
Meaning (3):
- make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
Example in sentence:
  • This judge can be bought
4 . corrupt [ a]
Meaning (4):
- lacking in integrity
Example in sentence:
  • a corrupt and incompetent city government;
  • humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation
5 . corrupt [ s]
Meaning (5):
- containing errors or alterations
Example in sentence:
  • a corrupt text;
  • spoke a corrupted version of the language
Meaning (6):
- touched by rot or decay
Example in sentence:
  • tainted bacon;
  • `corrupt' is archaic