corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, from com- ( COM-) + rumpere 'to break'
1using your power in a dishonest or illegal way in order to get an advantage for yourself [≠ incorruptible]:
Corrupt judges have taken millions of dollars in bribes.
2immoral or dishonest:
a corrupt society
officials engaged in corrupt practices
3something that is corrupt is not pure or has been damaged or partly ruined:
WORD FOCUS: bad WORD FOCUS: bad very bad:awful, terrible, horrible, lousyinformal, appalling, ghastly, atrocious, horrendous bad, but not very bad:not very good, mediocre, second-rate, so-so, lacklustre of bad quality:shoddy, inferior, poor quality, cheap, crummyinformal bad at doing something:be no good at something very bad at doing something:hopeless, terrible, useless, lousyinformal, incompetent morally bad:evil, wicked, immoral, corrupt, sick, perverted, degenerate ➔ See alsobad
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.