Definition of corrupt adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəˈrʌpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrʌpt//
    Dishonest, Immoral
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  1. 1(of people) willing to use their power to do dishonest or illegal things in return for money or to get an advantage a corrupt regime corrupt officials accepting bribes See related entries: Dishonest, Immoral
  2. 2(of behaviour) dishonest or immoral corrupt practices The whole system is inefficient and corrupt.
  3. 3(computing) containing changes or faults, and no longer in the original state corrupt software The file on the disk seems to be corrupt.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere ‘mar, bribe, destroy’, from cor- ‘altogether’ + rumpere ‘to break’.Extra examples one of the most notoriously corrupt city councils It was seen as the only way to overthrow a corrupt regime. They had been engaged in corrupt practices. They promised to seek out the corrupt officials who had accepted the bribes.
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