Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved.
  • adj. Venal; dishonest: a corrupt mayor.
  • adj. Containing errors or alterations, as a text: a corrupt translation.
  • adj. Archaic Tainted; putrid.
  • transitive v. To destroy or subvert the honesty or integrity of.
  • transitive v. To ruin morally; pervert.
  • transitive v. To taint; contaminate.
  • transitive v. To cause to become rotten; spoil.
  • transitive v. To change the original form of (a text, for example).
  • transitive v. Computer Science To damage (data) in a file or on a disk.
  • intransitive v. To become corrupt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In a depraved state; debased; perverted; morally degenerate; weak in morals.
  • adj. With lots of errors in it; not genuine or correct; in an invalid state.
  • adj. In a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound.
  • v. To make corrupt; to change from good to bad; to draw away from the right path; to deprave; to pervert.
  • v. To become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Changed from a sound to a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound.
  • adj. Changed from a state of uprightness, correctness, truth, etc., to a worse state; vitiated; depraved; debased; perverted.
  • adj. Abounding in errors; not genuine or correct.
  • intransitive v. To become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot.
  • intransitive v. To become vitiated; to lose purity or goodness.
  • transitive v. To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to make putrid; to putrefy.
  • transitive v. To change from good to bad; to vitiate; to deprave; to pervert; to debase; to defile.
  • transitive v. To draw aside from the path of rectitude and duty.
  • transitive v. To debase or render impure by alterations or innovations; to falsify.
  • transitive v. To waste, spoil, or consume; to make worthless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To injure; mar; spoil; destroy.
  • To vitiate physically; render unsound; taint or contaminate as with disease; decompose: as, to corrupt the blood.
  • To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; cause the decomposition of (an organic body), as by a natural process, accompanied by a fetid smell; change from a good to a bad physical condition, in any way.
  • To vitiate or deprave, in a moral sense; change from good to bad; infect with evil; pervert; debase.
  • To pervert or vitiate the integrity of; entice from allegiance, or from a good to an evil course of conduct; influence by a bribe or other wrong motive.
  • To debase or render impure by alterations or innovations; infect with imperfections or errors; falsify; pervert: as, to corrupt language; to corrupt a text.
  • Synonyms Spoil, taint. Contaminate, deprave, demoralize. See taint, v. t.
  • To become putrid; putrefy; rot.
  • Synonyms Decay, Putrefy, etc. See rot.
  • Decomposing, or showing signs of decomposition; putrid; spoiled; tainted; vitiated.
  • Debased in character; depraved; perverted; infected with evil.
  • Dishonest; without integrity; guilty of dishonesty involving bribery, or a disposition to bribe or be bribed: as, corrupt practices; a corrupt judge.
  • Changed for the worse; debased or falsified by admixture, addition, or alteration; erroneous or full of errors: as, a corrupt text.
  • Legally tainted, as by an act of attainder of treason or felony: said of the blood of one legally attainted. See corruption, 8.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
  • v. place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
  • v. make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
  • adj. containing errors or alterations
  • adj. touched by rot or decay
  • adj. not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
  • adj. lacking in integrity
  • v. alter from the original

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, to destroy : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + rumpere, to break.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From 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"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Concerning Christian Liberty

  • Every time I read something about Scott Walker, the term "corrupt totalitarian regime" crawls into my head.

    Crooks and Liars

  • 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.

    Media Matters for America - Limbaugh Wire

  • Ms. Palin gave the keynote speech at the conference, pausing throughout as the audience stood and cheered her critique of Mr. Obama and what she described as a corrupt Washington political culture.

    Palin Hints at Romney Flaws

  • He says the people don't want a conflict, just the end of what he calls the corrupt regime.

    Dozens Dead, Wounded as Yemen on Brink of Civil War

  • Besigye has held five "walk to work" demonstrations to protest rising prices and what he calls a corrupt government.

    Riots erupt in Uganda after brutal arrest, 2 killed

  • In the same speech, he said American soldiers in Vietnam had watched U.S. tax dollars support what he called a corrupt, dictatorial regime.

    Kerry: Crucial For Karzai To Act Against Corruption

  • Tymoshenko's support for an examination of what she calls the corrupt activities of current government officials could provide added incentive to the authorities to remain in power using inappropriate means.

    Tammy Lynch: The Rough Road to Democracy

  • The Community watchdog group, Protect Our Parks, POP, that successfully sued to stop the secret and illegal deal to construct a soccer field in Lincoln Park for the primary use of the private Latin School, today condemned the Plan Commission decision approving a renewed version of that Latin School plan and vowed to file new litigation to protect the park and the community from what they describe as a corrupt misuse of the park.

    Tom Tresser: "You Have No Standing": The Story of the Latin School Lincoln Park Land Grab

  • German President Horst Koehler, addressing a high - profile business meeting in Ghana Saturday, condemned what he called corrupt practices of some German companies 'relations in Africa.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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  • My preference is for this as a verb.

    December 13, 2006