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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Corrupt


CORRUPT, verb transitive [Latin , to break.] Literally, to break, separate or dissolve. Hence,

1. To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to separate the component parts of a body, as by a natural process, which accompanied by a fetid smell.

2. To vitiate or deprave; to change from good to bad.

Evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33.

3. To waste, spoil or consume.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt Matthew 6:19.

4. To defile or pollute. Exodus 32:7.

5. To entice from good and allure to evil. 2 Corinthians 11:3.

6. To pervert; to break, disobey or make void. Malachi 2:3.

7. To pervert or vitiate integrity; to bribe; as, to corrupt a judge.

8. To debase or render impure, by alterations or innovations; as, to corrupt language.

9. To pervert; to falsify; to infect with errors; as, to corrupt the sacred text.

CORRUPT, verb intransitive

1. To become putrid; to putrefy; to rot. Animal and vegetable substances speedily corrupt in a warm and moist air.

2. To become vitiated; to lose purity.

CORRUPT, adjective [Latin]

1. Changed from a sound to a putrid state, as by natural decomposition.

2. Spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound; as corrupt air, or bread.

3. Depraved; vitiated; tainted with wickedness.

They are corrupt; they have done abominable works. Psalms 14:1.

The earth was corrupt before God. Genesis 6:11.

4. Debased; rendered impure; changed to a worse state; as corrupt language.

5. Not genuine; infected with errors or mistakes. The text is corrupt