(adjective, verb)


1. lacking in integrity

- humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation

- a corrupt and incompetent city government

Similar word(s): corrupted, debased, vitiated, bribable, corruptible, dishonest, purchasable, venal, depraved, perverse, perverted, reprobate, dirty, shoddy, sordid, praetorian, pretorian, putrid, immoral

2. not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive

Similar word(s): dishonest, dishonorable, unlawful, sneaky, underhand, underhanded, crooked

3. containing errors or alterations

- a corrupt text

- spoke a corrupted version of the language

Similar word(s): imperfect, corrupted

4. touched by rot or decay

- `corrupt' is archaic

Similar word(s): stale, tainted

Sentences with corrupt as an adjective:

- The government here is corrupt, so we'll emigrate to escape them.

- The text of the manuscript is corrupt.

- It turned out that the program was corrupt - that's why it wouldn't open.


1. corrupt morally or by gluttony or sensuality

- Socrates was accused of corrupting young men

- corrupt the morals

Similar word(s): debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate

Definition categories: social, alter, change, modify

2. make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence

Similar word(s): bribe, buy

Definition categories: possession, pay

3. place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

Similar word(s): cloud, defile, sully, taint

Definition categories: contact, deflower, impair, mar, spoil, vitiate

4. alter from the original

Similar word(s): spoil

Definition categories: change, modify

Sentences with corrupt as a verb:

- Don't you dare corrupt my son with those disgusting pictures!

- to corrupt language, or a holy text