Cor·rupt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Corrupted; p. pr. & vb. n. Corrupting.]
1. To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to make putrid; to putrefy.
2. To change from good to bad; to vitiate; to deprave; to pervert; to debase; to defile.
Evil communications corrupt good manners. --1. Cor. xv. 33.
3. To draw aside from the path of rectitude and duty; as, to corrupt a judge by a bribe.
Heaven is above all yet; there sits a Judge
That no king can corrupt. --Shak.
4. To debase or render impure by alterations or innovations; to falsify; as, to corrupt language; to corrupt the sacred text.
He that makes an ill use of it [language], though he does not corrupt the fountains of knowledge, . . . yet he stops the pines. --Locke.
5. To waste, spoil, or consume; to make worthless.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt. --Matt. vi. 19.
adj 1: containing errors or alterations; "a corrupt text"; "spoke a
corrupted version of the language" [syn: corrupt]
2: ruined in character or quality [syn: debased, vitiated]