corrupt Definition

  • 1having or showing a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain
  • 2cause to become morally depraved
  • 3change or debase by making errors or unintentional alterations

Using corrupt: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "corrupt" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The corrupt politician was caught taking bribes.

  • Example

    Power can corrupt even the most honest individuals.

  • Example

    The file was corrupted and could not be opened.

  • Example

    The data was corrupted during the transfer process.

corrupt Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using corrupt

  • completely and irreversibly corrupt


    The organization was corrupt to the core and needed to be dismantled.

  • an agreement made between two parties that is dishonest or unfair


    The corrupt bargain between the two politicians was exposed by the media.

  • power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely

    the more power one has, the more likely they are to act in a corrupt manner; coined by Lord Acton


    The CEO's abuse of power is a classic example of how power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Phrases with corrupt

  • corrupt practices

    dishonest or illegal behavior, especially by people in positions of power or authority


    The company was investigated for corrupt practices.

  • having values or principles that are considered immoral or unethical


    The book portrays a society that is morally corrupt.

  • a computer file that has been damaged or altered and cannot be accessed or used properly


    I had to delete the corrupt file and start over.

Origins of corrupt

from Latin 'corruptus', past participle of 'corrumpere', meaning 'to destroy'


Summary: corrupt in Brief

The term 'corrupt' [kษ™หˆrสŒpt] describes individuals or actions that are dishonest, immoral, or perverted. It can refer to people in positions of power or authority who engage in corrupt practices, as well as to data or files that have been damaged or altered. Idioms like 'corrupt to the core' and 'power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely' emphasize the extent and consequences of corruption.

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