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English adjective: corrupt

1. corrupt lacking in integrity

SamplesHumanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation.
A corrupt and incompetent city government.

Similarbribable, corrupted, corruptible, debased, depraved, dirty, dishonest, perverse, perverted, Praetorian, Pretorian, purchasable, putrid, reprobate, sold-out, sordid, venal, vitiated

See alsoimmoral

Attributecorruption, corruptness


2. corrupt not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive


Similarsneaky, underhand, underhanded

See alsodishonest, dishonorable, unlawful

Attributehonestness, honesty

Antonymssquare, straight

3. corrupt containing errors or alterations

SamplesA corrupt text.
Spoke a corrupted version of the language.




4. corrupt touched by rot or decay

SamplesTainted bacon.
`corrupt' is archaic.




English verb: corrupt

1. corrupt (social) corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

SamplesDebauch the young people with wine and women.
Socrates was accused of corrupting young men.
Do school counselors subvert young children?.
Corrupt the morals.

Synonymsdebase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)bastardise, bastardize, carnalise, carnalize, infect, lead astray, lead off, poison, sensualise, sensualize, suborn

2. corrupt (possession) make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence

SamplesThis judge can be bought.

ExamplesSam cannot corrupt Sue

Synonymsbribe, buy, grease one's palms

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)pay

Narrower (hyponym)buy off, pay off, sop

Domain categorycrime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense

3. corrupt (contact) place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

SamplesSully someone's reputation.

Synonymscloud, defile, sully, taint

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)deflower, impair, mar, spoil, vitiate

4. corrupt (change) alter from the original


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)modify

Narrower (hyponym)adulterate, debase, dilute, load, stretch

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