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


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

Middle English, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, to destroy : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + rumpere, to break.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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  • My preference is for this as a verb.

    December 13, 2006