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Definition of 'corrupt'


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: pervert subvert demoralize demoralise debauch debase profane vitiate deprave misdirect
  2. alter from the original
       Synonyms: spoil
  3. make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence; "This judge can be bought"
       Synonyms: bribe buy grease one's palms
  4. place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
       Synonyms: defile sully taint cloud


  1. lacking in integrity; "humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt and incompetent city government"
       Antonyms: incorrupt
  2. not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
       Synonyms: crooked
       Antonyms: straight square
  3. containing errors or alterations; "a corrupt text"; "spoke a corrupted version of the language"
       Synonyms: corrupted
  4. touched by rot or decay; "tainted bacon"; "`corrupt' is archaic"
       Synonyms: tainted

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