1. Changed from a sound to a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound.
Who with such corrupt and pestilent bread would feed them. --Knolles.
2. Changed from a state of uprightness, correctness, truth, etc., to a worse state; vitiated; depraved; debased; perverted; as, corrupt language; corrupt judges.
At what ease
Might corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt
To swear against you. --Shak.
3. Abounding in errors; not genuine or correct; as, the text of the manuscript is corrupt.
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.
Cor·rupt v. i.
1. To become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot.
2. To become vitiated; to lose purity or goodness.
adj 1: lacking in integrity; "humanity they knew to be
corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt
and incompetent city government" [ant: incorrupt]
2: not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive [syn: crooked]
3: containing errors or alterations; "a corrupt text"; "spoke a
corrupted version of the language" [syn: corrupted]
4: touched by rot or decay; "tainted bacon"; "`corrupt' is
archaic" [syn: tainted]
v 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" [syn: pervert,
subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase,
profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect]
2: alter from the original [syn: spoil]
3: make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or
influence; "This judge can be bought" [syn: bribe, buy,
grease one's palms]
4: place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's
reputation" [syn: defile, sully, taint, cloud]