• WordNet 3.6
    • adj corrupt lacking in integrity "humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation","a corrupt and incompetent city government"
    • adj corrupt touched by rot or decay "tainted bacon","`corrupt' is archaic"
    • adj corrupt containing errors or alterations "a corrupt text","spoke a corrupted version of the language"
    • adj corrupt not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
    • v corrupt alter from the original
    • v corrupt place under suspicion or cast doubt upon "sully someone's reputation"
    • v corrupt make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence "This judge can be bought"
    • v corrupt corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality "debauch the young people with wine and women","Socrates was accused of corrupting young men","Do school counselors subvert young children?","corrupt the morals"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name Santa Claus is a corruption of the Dutch dialect name for Saint Nicholas Sint Klass.
    • Corrupt Abounding in errors; not genuine or correct; as, the text of the manuscript is corrupt .
    • Corrupt Changed from a sound to a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound. "Who with such corrupt and pestilent bread would feed them."
    • Corrupt Changed from a state of uprightness, correctness, truth, etc., to a worse state; vitiated; depraved; debased; perverted; as, corrupt language; corrupt judges. "At what ease
      Might corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt To swear against you."
    • Corrupt To become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot.
    • Corrupt To become vitiated; to lose purity or goodness.
    • Corrupt To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to make putrid; to putrefy.
    • Corrupt To change from good to bad; to vitiate; to deprave; to pervert; to debase; to defile. "Evil communications corrupt good manners."
    • Corrupt To debase or render impure by alterations or innovations; to falsify; as, to corrupt language; to corrupt the sacred text. "He that makes an ill use of it [language], though he does not corrupt the fountains of knowledge, . . . yet he stops the pines."
    • Corrupt To draw aside from the path of rectitude and duty; as, to corrupt a judge by a bribe. "Heaven is above all yet; there sits a Judge
      That no king can corrupt ."
    • Corrupt To waste, spoil, or consume; to make worthless. "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Virginia Code (1930) has a statute: "To prohibit corrupt practices or bribery by any person other than candidates."
    • corrupt To injure; mar; spoil; destroy.
    • corrupt To vitiate physically; render unsound; taint or contaminate as with disease; decompose: as, to corrupt the blood.
    • corrupt 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.
    • corrupt To vitiate or deprave, in a moral sense; change from good to bad; infect with evil; pervert; debase.
    • corrupt 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.
    • corrupt To debase or render impure by alterations or innovations; infect with imperfections or errors; falsify; pervert: as, to corrupt language; to corrupt a text.
    • corrupt Synonyms Spoil, taint. Contaminate, deprave, demoralize. See taint, v. t.
    • corrupt To become putrid; putrefy; rot.
    • corrupt Synonyms Decay, Putrefy, etc. See rot.
    • corrupt Decomposing, or showing signs of decomposition; putrid; spoiled; tainted; vitiated.
    • corrupt Debased in character; depraved; perverted; infected with evil.
    • corrupt Dishonest; without integrity; guilty of dishonesty involving bribery, or a disposition to bribe or be bribed: as, corrupt practices; a corrupt judge.
    • corrupt Changed for the worse; debased or falsified by admixture, addition, or alteration; erroneous or full of errors: as, a corrupt text.
    • corrupt Legally tainted, as by an act of attainder of treason or felony: said of the blood of one legally attainted. See corruption, 8.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Corrupt kor-upt′ to make putrid: to defile: to mar: to debase: to bribe
    • v.i Corrupt to rot: to lose purity
    • adj Corrupt putrid: depraved: defiled: not genuine: full of errors
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  • Edmund Burke
    “Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.”
  • John Lyly
    John Lyly
    “The sun shineth upon the dunghill, and is not corrupted.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “The more corrupt the state, the more laws.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. corruptus, p. p. of corrumpere, to corrupt; cor-, + rumpere, to break. See Rupture


In literature:

The name is probably a corruption of Kshatri or Kshatriya.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
It is in vain to try to make the world moral and religious while the great institutions of social life are corrupted and corrupting.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
It has, for instance, blundered in the matter of the law against judicial corruption.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
Not their modes of corruption, disease, or death.
"On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
Under its present corruptions, it cannot but sink.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
Most of the Baigas speak a corrupt form of the Chhattisgarhi dialect.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Moreover, the country was at the mercy of a gang of corrupt officials who were using the public offices for their own enrichment.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Corruption can always find apt tools to do its bidding.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
Sitting in groups, they sing, they shout, they converse in the grossest terms, corrupting, and corrupted.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West

In poetry:

From vanity turn off my eyes;
Let no corrupt design,
Nor covetous desires, arise
Within this soul of mine.
"Psalm 119 part 11" by Isaac Watts
When he arises lusts to kill,
Corruptions to destroy,
Does gladness then thy spirit fill?
Thy Husband is thy joy.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
"Purification of politics
Is an iridescent dream,"
Is the Ingalls way of saying that
Corruption's power's supreme.
"Our Politics" by Jared Barhite
Fill my spirit full of eyes,
Doors of light in every part;
Open windows to the skies
That no moth corrupt my heart.
"Cottage-Songs" by George MacDonald
The law still irritates my sin,
And hardens my proud heart therein:
But grace's melting pow'r renews,
And my corruption strong subdues.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
This mortal shall immortal wear,
Corruption incorruption take,
And saints of God with Christ shall share
The boundlessness of his estate.
"Tribute To Rev. William Paul Quinn" by James Madison Bell

In news:

Corrupt relationships fueled the financial crisis.
The former Illinois governor was found guilty of 17 corruption charges.
The jurors who decided Rod Blagojevich's fate talked about their deliberations one day after they convicted the former Illinois governor on 17 of 20 counts in his corruption retrial.
The anti-corruption non profit has been slamming Nebraska Sen Ben Nelson, a Democrat, for his opposition to giving Americans the ability to choose between private insurance plans and a government-run option.
Phog tickets corrupted bureaucrats at KU.
Jimmy Dimora's driver, Michael Gabor , sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for racketeering, corruption charges.
The Blagojevich case signals the need for vigilance by citizens, too, to eye the corrupt.
India's anti-corruption movement aims to galvanize democracy.
NEW DELHI — From Facebook to fasting, from a crowd-sourcing Web site to a crowd-pulling yoga guru, India's campaign against corruption has taken many forms and enlisted millions of followers this year.
Former monitor says UN fired him for reporting corruption.
WASHINGTON – Twenty-five years after corrupt Wall Street highflier Gordon Gekko declared "greed is good" on the big screen, the actor who played him is revising the role to assist the FBI.
If she wants to be president, she has to channel the idealism of the boomers, and the sarcasm of Gen X , but focus them not on her enemies, or on the wrongs done to her, but on corruption in government.
The two-year investigation of the generic drug industry has resulted in more than a dozen criminal convictions, and investigators said today that more disclosures of wrongdoing and corruption were yet to come.
A more genteel political corruption.
Latest news on political corruption and arrests in NJ.

In science:

Such intellectual corruption is the root difficulty of a quantum theory of gravity.
Spinors in Quantum Geometrical Theory
Since the scientists are human beings, while they investigate the things around them, it happens that they not only describe the facts the way they are, but they unavoidably corrupt and interact with the things they are studying.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
The result of D operation, in general, is therefore corrupted by the mixing of undesired higher harmonics with random phases.
Locational Qubit Realization with One-dimensional Contact Interactions
The identification is significantly deteriorating if the scattering amplitude is available only for a limited aperture, or if the data are corrupted by noise.
Analysis of a method for identification of obstacles
This question appears in the following problem: assume the events (cid:0)ξ(k) ; k ≥ 1(cid:1), summing up to χ, are each corrupted by some multiplicative independent noise (µk ; k ≥ 1); then the observed sequence of events becomes (cid:0)µk ξ(k) ; k ≥ 1(cid:1) and the observed cumulative energy turns out to be χµ1 .
Random Partitioning Problems Involving Poisson Point Processes On The Interval