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Dictionary Definition

corrupt adj
1 lacking in integrity; "humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt and incompetent city government" [ant: incorrupt]
2 not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive [syn: crooked] [ant: straight]
3 containing errors or alterations; "a corrupt text"; "spoke a corrupted version of the language" [syn: corrupted]
4 touched by rot or decay; "tainted bacon"; "`corrupt' is archaic" [syn: tainted]


1 corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals" [syn: pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect]
2 alter from the original [syn: spoil]
3 make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence; "This judge can be bought" [syn: bribe, buy, grease one's palms]
4 place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation" [syn: defile, sully, taint, cloud]

User Contributed Dictionary



From the Latin, com and rumpere.



  1. In a depraved state; debased; perverted; morally degenerate; weak in morals.
    The Government here is corrupt, so we'll emigrate to escape them.
  2. With lots of errors in it; not genuine or correct; in an invalid state.
    The text of the manuscript is corrupt.
    It turned out that the program was corrupt - that's why it wouldn't open.
  3. In a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound.
    Who with such corrupt and pestilent bread would feed them.


  • , Genesis 6:11
    The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.


in a depraved state
with lots of errors in it


  1. To make corrupt; to change from good to bad; to draw away from the right path; to deprave; to pervert.
    Don't you dare corrupt my son with those disgusting pictures!


  • , Genesis 6:12
    And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.


to change from good to bad


Extensive Definition

Corruption, when applied as a technical term, is a general concept describing any organized, interdependent system in which part of the system is either not performing duties it was originally intended to, or performing them in an improper way, to the detriment of the system's original purpose. Its original meaning has connotations of evil, malignance, sickness, and loss of innocence or purity.
Specific types of corruption include:
  • Political corruption, or the dysfunction of a political system or institution in which government officials, political officials or employees seek illegitimate personal gain through actions such as bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft, and embezzlement. Political corruption is a specific form of rent seeking (which is not to be confused with property rental).
  • Data corruption, or an unintended change to data in storage or in transit.
  • Linguistic corruption, or the change in meaning to a language or a text introduced by cumulative errors in transcription or changes in the language speakers' comprehension.
  • Putrefaction or decomposition of recently living matter. This physical process is the primary model of the metaphorical meaning of corruption, so advanced states of corruption in, e.g. a political structure are said to result in their putrefaction.
corrupt in Catalan: Corrupció
corrupt in Spanish: Corrupción
corrupt in French: Corruption (homonymie)
corrupt in Hindi: भ्रष्टाचार
corrupt in Hungarian: Korrupció
corrupt in Dutch: Corruptie
corrupt in Norwegian: Korrupsjon
corrupt in Norwegian Nynorsk: Korrupsjon
corrupt in Polish: Korupcja
corrupt in Portuguese: Corrupção
corrupt in Romanian: Corupţie

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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