corrupt
cor·rupt 1 /kə-'rəpt/ adj: having an unlawful or evil motive; esp: characterized by improper and usu. unlawful conduct intended to secure a benefit for oneself or another (as by taking or giving bribes)
cor·rupt·ly adj
cor·rupt·ness n
corrupt 2 vt
1: to change from good to bad in principles or moral values
corrupt ing a minor
2: to subject (a person) to corruption of blood
cor·rup·ti·bil·i·ty /kə-ˌrəp-tə-'bi-lə-tē/ n
cor·rup·ti·ble /kə-'rəp-tə-bəl/ adj
cor·rup·ti·bly adv
cor·rup·tion /kə-'rəp-shən/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

corrupt
I verb adulterate, befoul, bribe, cause to be dishonest, contaminate, corrode, corrumpere, debase, debauch, decay, defraud, degenerate, depravare, deprave, devalue, distort, lead astray, misdirect, mislead, pervert, pollute, prostitute, seduce, spoil, suborn, subvert, taint, undermine, vitiare, vitiate, vulgarize, warp associated concepts: corrupt a minor II index adulterate, bad (offensive), betray (lead astray), blameful, blameworthy, brand (stigmatize), brutalize, contaminate, contemptible, damage, debase, debauch, decadent, decay, degenerate, delinquent (guilty of a misdeed), denature, depraved, deteriorate, disgrace, dishonest, disreputable, dissolute, distort, faithless, false (disloyal), fraudulent, harm, ignoble, immoral, imperfect, infect, iniquitous, lascivious, lawless, lecherous, lewd, machiavellian, mercenary, misemploy, misguide, mislead, nefarious, odious, outrageous, perfidious, perverse, pervert, pollute, recreant, reprobate, salacious, scandalous, sinister, sordid, spoil (impair), stain, suborn, subvert, sully, tamper, unconscionable, unethical, unscrupulous, venal, vicious

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


corrupt
adj.
Willing to act dishonestly in exchange for money or advantage; morally depraved.
v.
To spoil; to make someone turn bad.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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  • 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To change from good to bad; to vitiate; to deprave; to pervert; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Corrupt — Cor*rupt (k?r r?pt ), a. [L. corruptus, p. p. of corrumpere to corrupt; cor + rumpere to break. See {Rupture}.] 1. Changed from a sound to a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound. [1913 Webster] Who with such corrupt and pestilent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corrupt — [adj1] dishonest base, bent, bribable, crooked, debauched, double dealing, exploiting, extortionate, faithless, fast and loose*, fixed, foul, fraudulent, gone to the dogs*, inconstant, iniquitous, knavish, mercenary, nefarious, on the take*, open …   New thesaurus

  • corrupt — mid 14c., from O.Fr. corropt unhealthy, corrupt; uncouth (of language), and directly from L. corruptus, pp. of corrumpere to destroy; spoil, figuratively corrupt, seduce, bribe, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + rup , pp. stem… …   Etymology dictionary

  • corrupt — vb deprave, debauch, pervert, *debase Analogous words: degrade, debase, *abase: *ruin, wreck: pollute, defile, *contaminate Contrasted words: reform, amend, *correct …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • corrupt — ► ADJECTIVE 1) willing to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain. 2) evil or morally depraved. 3) (of a text or computer data) made unreliable by errors or alterations. 4) archaic rotten or putrid. ► VERB 1) make corrupt. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • corrupt — [kə rupt′] adj. [ME < L corruptus, pp. of corrumpere, to destroy, spoil, bribe < com , together + rumpere, to break: see RUPTURE] 1. Obs. changed from a sound condition to an unsound one; spoiled; contaminated; rotten 2. deteriorated from… …   English World dictionary

  • Corrupt — Cor*rupt (k?r r?pt ), v. i. 1. To become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To become vitiated; to lose purity or goodness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corrupt — ▪ I. corrupt cor‧rupt 1 [kəˈrʌpt] adjective 1. LAW using power in a dishonest or illegal way in order to get money or an advantage of some kind: • Swiss justice, in our experience, is as tough on corrupt bankers as it is on all other criminals. • …   Financial and business terms

  • corrupt — 01. The former president was obviously [corrupt], and is accused of having stolen millions of dollars from the country. 02. Suspicions of widespread [corruption] in government have resulted in the downfall of the presidency. 03. There is a lot of …   Grammatical examples in English

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