Definition of corrupt in English:

corrupt

Syllabification: cor·rupt
Pronunciation: /kəˈrəpt
 
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adjective

  • 2(Of a text or a computer database or program) made unreliable by errors or alterations.
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    • 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.
    • The traditional explanation for this was that their texts are extremely corrupt as a result of their reconstruction from memory by a member, or members, of their cast.
    • It has become a corrupt text, with countless additions, cuts and changes ossifying into tradition over the years.

verb

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  • 1Cause to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain: there is a continuing fear of firms corrupting politicians in the search for contracts
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    • I may have an impoverished imagination, but the only explanation that seems to fit is the mundane power of money to corrupt one's beliefs.
    • It destroys your moral power abroad; it corrupts your politicians at home.
    • All governments and politicians are corrupted by power.
  • 1.1Cause to become morally depraved: he has corrupted the boy
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    • Ostensibly, we are protecting minors from being morally corrupted by adults?
    • It is morally devastating and corrupts men by cumulative temptation.
    • On the other hand, the jury may have thought that they could convict only if the book tended to deprave and corrupt the average reader or the majority of its readers.
    Synonyms
    deprave, pervert, debauch, degrade, warp, lead astray, defile, pollute, sully
  • 1.2 archaic Infect; contaminate: (as adjective corrupting) the corrupting smell of death
  • 2Change or debase by making errors or unintentional alterations: Epicurus’s teachings have since been much corrupted
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • But then Redmond apparently got wind of the survey, and the innocent poll was swiftly corrupted.
    Synonyms
    alter, tamper with, interfere with, bastardize, debase, adulterate
  • 2.1Cause errors to appear in (a computer program or database): a program that has somehow corrupted your system files
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    • The computer had managed to corrupt the program somehow, and the entire machine will have to be ‘refreshed.’
    • Do not develop and test new modules on a production machine, and test modules thoroughly to ensure they do not destabilize your system or corrupt your data.
    • His system processes accounting information but frequently crashes, corrupting the database.

Derivatives

corrupter

noun
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  • Prosecuting big-time corrupters has proven to be a formidable task even after four years under the reform movement.
  • After that, he may probe other, bigger cases which siphoned off trillions in state funds, with most of the money since having been stashed abroad by the corrupters.
  • Where's the accountability for these corrupters?

corruptibility

Pronunciation: /kəˌrəptəˈbilitē/
noun
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  • ‘The people’ do not rule; their elected representatives actually do so, and with widely varying degrees of potency, efficiency, honesty or corruptibility.
  • This sorrowful issue gave rise to some sternness it must be said, as his Lordship's minor intellect and obvious corruptibility had brought shame on the entire legal profession.
  • It's hard to make a good film noir if you're uncomfortable with your audience's corruptibility.

corruptible

adjective
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  • It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible.
  • And perhaps even forgotten, for what use is a corruptible and degradable original when digital copies can be searched and cloned at the click of a mouse?
  • What's worse, many firms just don't pay, especially where poor bankruptcy laws and corruptible courts prevent the seizure of debtors' assets.

corruptive

adjective
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  • Nothing is gained, however, by calling melodrama, or melodramatic violence, morally corruptive.
  • Power is not inherently virtuous (and power is not inherently corruptive, either).
  • By contrast, there is much evidence that the post-1913 system has been deeply corruptive.

corruptly

adverb
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  • Every elector who corruptly accepts or takes any such food, drink, entertainment, or provision also commits the offence of treating.
  • If a university had been caught taking money from a private school in exchange for lowering the entrance criteria for its pupils, the government would have accused it, quite rightly, of behaving corruptly and unfairly.
  • He also stressed that the money - which represents a fraction of his estimated $1.4 billion fortune - had been earned legitimately through business, not corruptly in office.

Origin

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

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