Adjective "corrupt" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain.
  1. 'They are seen (because they are) as corrupt officials using their elevated social status for political gain.'
  2. 'I would prefer instead to create my own small business with the money that would otherwise go into the pockets of corrupt officials.'
  3. 'Unless one of the parties gives evidence, it is a Herculean task to prove that the receipt of money was for a corrupt purpose.'
  4. 'All we have noticed was that local syndicates were using corrupt government officials to defraud the state.'
  5. 'I have cautioned him in the past that he could face serious, personal harm if he continued with his mission to expose illicit crime networks and corrupt official behaviour.'
  6. 'Contractors in connivance with corrupt officials do shoddy work deliberately, so that they get a fresh contract soon for the job.'
  7. 'Attempts to eradicate migration of young people for work will increase their reliance on corrupt officials and use of clandestine routes'
  8. '‘There's an assumption that our money is dirty and corrupt,’ he said.'
  9. 'I call on people to report any corrupt and illegal conduct concerning an election.'
  10. 'Although the amount paid through companies was a little more, the stories of corrupt officials extracting money from otherwise honest taxpayers put many people off registering.'
  11. 'the old corrupt order'
  12. 'It features a group of con artists with a modicum of honour: they only steal from the greedy and the morally corrupt.'
  13. 'It seems to me that we have pretty wisely recognized, over time, that in fact a person's ostensible theology tells us pretty little about how corrupt or evil he's going to be.'
  14. 'Just how did a single man sweep a nation with a morally corrupt and evil regime.'
  15. 'They began as innocent children and were gradually rendered wicked and evil and absolutely corrupt by the treatment they received at the hands of those they most trusted!'
  16. 'Well, he an astonishing man - an astonishingly corrupt and evil man.'
  17. 'By implication, authorities are immoral and culture is correspondingly morally corrupt.'
  18. 'I hope so, as it is clearly morally corrupt to give company heads millions of pounds when they have overseen a period of business resulting in job losses and cutbacks.'
  19. 'It is a morally corrupt institution run by a criminal bureaucracy.'
  20. 'Exposure to extreme violence turns them into machines driven by the will to survive in a corrupt and morally decadent world.'
  21. 'It's not always a dispute between right and wrong or angels and devils; it's sometimes between two evils, within the corrupt core itself.'
(of a text or a computer database or program) made unreliable by errors or alterations.
  1. 'Only corrupt manuscripts can produce so many departures.'
  2. 'Though one may quibble at some of O'Brien's choices in this free adaptation, she gives force and clarity to a notoriously corrupt text and rescues the ending from tricksy bathos.'
  3. 'This is most amusing and shows how captive the Revisers are to their corrupt text.'
  4. 'Although the Arabic text is slightly corrupt at both places where this person's name is mentioned, that is the only plausible way to read the name.'
  5. 'It has become a corrupt text, with countless additions, cuts and changes ossifying into tradition over the years.'
(of organic or inorganic matter) in a state of decay; rotten or putrid.
  1. 'A vintner found selling corrupt wine was forced to drink it, then banned from the trade.'
  2. 'The first of the non-naturals was the consideration of air: good air encouraged and maintained good health, while corrupt air could throw the humours out of balance and cause illness.'
  3. 'Attitudes about nature as backdrop, commodity, enemy have been dug out and re-animated as if they were not ancient corpses moldering and corrupt.'


Cause to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain.
  1. 'Congress itself saw that the money flow needed to be stemmed, for the money was corrupting the process.'
  2. 'Money corrupts the process, of course, but voters have let that happen, let rich people and organizations have an influence on the process that ordinary folks can't match.'
  3. 'He was a frugal man himself and he feared that the money would corrupt both his family and the strict religious principles of his regime.'
  4. 'Thomsby's concerns weren't based solely on his fear that power would corrupt most individuals, although that was a very real possibility.'
  5. 'I can look to my brother to see how the lust for that money can corrupt an entire personality.'
  6. 'Essentially it was a modern and very predictable parable about - yes you've guessed it - how the beautiful game has been corrupted by money.'
  7. 'It destroys your moral power abroad; it corrupts your politicians at home.'
  8. 'Both are corrupted by corporate money almost beyond redemption.'
  9. 'To avoid being corrupted by money in this manner, we simply remove it from the equation.'
  10. 'When you have so many bureaucrats and human beings corrupted by money, the problems pile up.'
  11. 'he has corrupted the boy'
  12. 'We cannot be trusted with domination, becoming too easily corrupted by its power and too often succumbing to repression in defending it.'
  13. 'Inevitably power will corrupt its possessor - but some may resist its corrupting effect for longer than others.'
  14. 'I was drawn astray by the promise of power, and it corrupted my poor mind.'
  15. 'Further, he is a wrongdoer in corrupting the young.'
  16. 'The moral consideration of Animal Farm is that power corrupts people.'
  17. 'This is bad, for they are already being corrupted by their own power and I fear I'm now powerless to resist - that's why I'm cowering away in this place.'
  18. 'Ostensibly, we are protecting minors from being morally corrupted by adults?'
  19. 'It is interesting how world power has corrupted this country.'
  20. 'Having power in the government corrupted them.'
  21. 'This power soon corrupted them and people were put to death for daring to disobey the laws.'
Change or debase by making errors or unintentional alterations.
  1. 'Epicurus's teachings have since been much corrupted'
  2. 'We can get angry about it, complaining that the perfect language of our childhood is being corrupted by ignorance and carelessness, but we can't stop it happening.'
  3. 'A message entirely without redundancy may contain the maximum amount of information, but cannot be corrected if it is corrupted in some way, because there is no ‘spare’ material to check with.'
  4. 'As we speak, Esperanto is being corrupted by upstart languages.'
Infect; contaminate.


    1. guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked: a corrupt judge.

    2. debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil: a corrupt society.

    3. made inferior by errors or alterations, as a text.

    4. infected; tainted.

    5. decayed; putrid. verb (used with object)

    6. to destroy the integrity of; cause to be dishonest, disloyal, etc., especially by bribery.

    7. to lower morally; pervert: to corrupt youth.

    8. to alter (a language, text, etc.)

    More examples(as adjective)

    "systems can be corrupt to cores."

    "authorities can be corrupt in killings."

    "systems can be corrupt in souths."

    "states can be corrupt with people."

    "realiseds can be corrupt in histories."

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    Middle English: from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere ‘mar, bribe, destroy’, from cor- ‘altogether’ + rumpere ‘to break’.