- The definition of corrupt is dishonest or deteriorated.
An example of corrupt used as an adjective is a corrupt business which means a business that cheats customers.
- Corrupt means to destroy someone's honesty or hurt someone's morals.
An example of to corrupt is for a person to expose his younger sibling to alcohol.
corrupt definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete changed from a sound condition to an unsound one; spoiled; contaminated; rotten
- deteriorated from the normal or standard; specif.,
- morally unsound or debased; perverted; evil; depraved
- taking bribes; venal
- containing alterations, errors, or admixtures of foreignisms: said of texts, languages, etc.
Origin: Middle English ; from Classical Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, to destroy, spoil, bribe ; from com-, together plush rumpere, to break: see rupture
corrupt definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved.
- Venal; dishonest: a corrupt mayor.
- Containing errors or alterations, as a text: a corrupt translation.
- Archaic Tainted; putrid.
- To destroy or subvert the honesty or integrity of.
- To ruin morally; pervert.
- To taint; contaminate.
- To cause to become rotten; spoil.
- To change the original form of (a text, for example).
- Computer Science To damage (data) in a file or on a disk.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, to destroy : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
- cor·ruptˈer, cor·rupˈtor noun
- cor·rupˈtive adjective
- cor·ruptˈly adverb
- cor·ruptˈness noun