Definition of


  1. (verb, change) alter from the original
  2. (verb, contact) place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
  3. (verb, possession) make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
  4. (verb, social) corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    Socrates was accused of corrupting young men
    Do school counselors subvert young children?
    corrupt the morals
  5. (adj, all) lacking in integrity
    a corrupt and incompetent city government
  6. (adj, all) touched by rot or decay
    `corrupt' is archaic
  7. (adj, all) containing errors or alterations
    spoke a corrupted version of the language
  8. (adj, all) not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Corrupt


Origin of the word Corrupt

  1. c.1300, from L. corruptus, pp. of corrumpere "to destroy, spoil, bribe," from com- intens. prefix + rup-, pp. stem of rumpere "to break" (see rupture). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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