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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


Antonymsincorrupt

2. corrupt not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive


Synonymscrooked


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.


Synonymscorrupted


Similarimperfect


Antonymsperfect

4. corrupt touched by rot or decay


SamplesTainted bacon.
`corrupt' is archaic.


Synonymstainted


Similarstale


Antonymsfresh


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


Synonymsspoil


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)modify


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









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