Definition of "corrupt" []

  • Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved. (adjective)
  • Venal; dishonest: a corrupt mayor. (adjective)
  • Containing errors or alterations, as a text: a corrupt translation. (adjective)
  • Archaic Tainted; putrid. (adjective)
  • To destroy or subvert the honesty or integrity of. (verb-transitive)
  • Lacking in integrity; open to or involving bribery or other dishonest practices (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Morally depraved (adjective)
  • Putrid or rotten (adjective)
  • Contaminated; unclean (adjective)
  • (of a text or manuscript) made meaningless or different in meaning from the original by scribal errors or alterations (adjective)
  • (of computer programs or data) containing errors (adjective)
  • To become or cause to become dishonest or disloyal (verb)
  • To debase or become debased morally; deprave (verb)
  • To infect or contaminate; taint (verb)
  • To cause to become rotten (verb)
  • To alter (a text, manuscript, etc) from the original (verb)
  • To introduce errors into (data or a program) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "corrupt" in a sentence
  • "Paul says, “He that cometh to God must believe” (Heb.xi. 6); and Christ says the same thing: “Either make the tree good and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt and his fruit corrupt” (Matt.xii. 33), —as much as to say, He who wishes to have good fruit will begin with the tree, and plant a good one; even so he who wishes to do good works must begin, not by working, but by believing, since it is this which makes the person good."
  • "Every time I read something about Scott Walker, the term "corrupt totalitarian regime" crawls into my head."
  • "You know, one of the things you mention, Mark, is you talk about all the instances where these justices have been wrong in the past, not only wrong, morally wrong, at times morally bankrupt, and even, I think, the term corrupt could be used."