Definitions

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

  • n. One who defends or practices corruption, particularly in politics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who corrupts, or who upholds corruption.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who corrupts, or who upholds corruption.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A defender of corruption or wickedness.
  • n. One who engages in bribery and other corrupt practices.

Etymologies

corruption +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And he was a corruptionist the likes of which English politics had not seen since the 18th century.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Troublesome Young Men:

  • Moreover, the demagog and the corruptionist often work hand in hand.

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • "All history is a lie," observed Sir Robert Walpole, the corruptionist, mindfull of what was likely to be written about himself; and "What is history," asked Napoleon, the conqueror, "but a fable agreed upon?"

    Marse Henry : an autobiography,

  • Roosevelt hoped he had been of some assistance in moving our people along the line Mr. Rhodes mentioned; that is, along the line of a sane, moderate purpose to supervise the business use of wealth and to curb its excesses, while keeping as far aloof from the policy of the visionary and demagogue as from the policy of the wealthy corruptionist.

    Theodore Roosevelt An Intimate Biography

  • In the year 1904 there passed from his earthly reward in Pennsylvania a United States senator who had been throughout his lifetime a notorious and unblushing corruptionist.

    The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation

  • Having now become the leader of the anti-corruptionist movement, he was again elected councillor in 1878 as an independent candidate, and threw himself heart and soul into the battle for purity in the municipal government.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • The first effort of the corruptionist is to fix the epithet speculative upon any scheme which he thinks may cherish the spirit of reform.

    Fallacies of Anti-Reformers

  • Sharp had reached its most furious stage, that venerable corruptionist, worn down by ill health, and almost crazed by the popular outcry, sold his B.oadway railroad to Peter A.B. Widener, William L. Elkins, and William H. Kemble.

    The Age of Big Business; a chronicle of the captains of industry

  • Bassett's name had been linked to that of Miles, the erring treasurer, in the "Advertiser's" headlines; and its leading editorial had pointed to the defalcation as the sort of thing that inevitably follows the domination of a party by a spoilsman and corruptionist like the senator from Fraser.

    A Hoosier Chronicle

  • The murderer takes a single life; the corruptionist in public life, whether he be bribe-giver or bribe-taker, strikes at the heart of the commonwealth.

    Addresses and Presidential Messages of Theodore Roosevelt, 1902-1904

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