An example of corrupt used as an adjective is a corrupt business which means a business that cheats customers.
An example of to corrupt is for a person to expose his younger sibling to alcohol.
A corrupt mayor.
A corrupt translation; a corrupt computer file.
- Morally unsound or debased; perverted; evil; depraved.
- Taking bribes; venal.
- Containing alterations, errors, or admixtures of foreignisms.
To corrupt language, or a holy text.
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Origin of corrupt
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English corrupten, from Old French corropt, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpō, corrumpere (“to destroy, ruin, injure, spoil, corrupt, bribe”), from com- (“together”) + rumpere (“to break in pieces”).