Definition for corrupt

adjective as in debased, vicious

adjective as in adulterated, rotten

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Example Sentences

When it saw the Taliban’s rapid rise to prominence in the war against the Afghan government, ISIS declared that the takeover was the result of a corrupt conspiracy between the United States and the Taliban.

In Vietnam we sided with a corrupt post-colonial government dominated by minority Catholics in a majority Buddhist nation.

From Time

In each case, the United States installed a corrupt, pro-Western regime before abandoning its support when the cost was deemed to outweigh the benefit.

He also once again grumbled that the “corrupt media” had taken his previous comments out of context.

With Bulgaria ranked as the EU’s most corrupt country, no activity can really be ruled out.

From Ozy

These young adults have voluntarily checked out of a political system they consider corrupt and dysfunctional.

Cuba, already corrupt, will have to avoid becoming even more so when American investment pours in.

So, is Rampal really that different from a corrupt, charismatic megachurch leader felled by scandal?

That suggestion turns absurd when you consider the long list of corrupt Democrat politicians Lynch has sent to prison.

This corrupt bargain results in a decade-long stasis, with far-reaching implications.

He will tell you that evil communications corrupt good manners, and pitch defiles.

It is tolerably certain that this is a corrupt form of the passage, and only makes the matter darker.

The administration had been too corrupt, the exactions too heavy to be longer borne, when reform appeared to be within reach.

Their speech is a dialect called Chabucano—a mixture of very corrupt Spanish and native tongues.

And the degraded society, like the robe which once covered the living body, but is afterwards cast off, is faded and corrupt.


On this page you'll find 369 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to corrupt, such as: crooked, fraudulent, nefarious, rotten, shady, and unethical.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.