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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)

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.

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."