One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not susceptible to corruption, especially by bribery.
unbribable, honest, trustworthy, scrupulous, conscientious, principled, high-principled, anti-corruption, proper, correct, honourable, upright, straight, upstanding, high-minded, righteous, right-minded, moral, ethical, good, virtuous, just, noble, respectable, decentView synonyms
- ‘Kevin was principled, courageous, incorruptible, unselfish and a man of great integrity.’
- ‘We cannot maintain an incorruptible police force in a society that condones corruption.’
- ‘But in the course of unmasking them, the novel's hero, Justin Quayle, becomes ever more the white knight, superb and incorruptible in his quest.’
- ‘The Island newspaper in particularly is openly contemptuous of the ‘political maggots’ that inhabit parliament and has repeatedly appealed for someone of incorruptible morals to save the nation.’
- ‘Always wrong, in short; but forthright, and incorruptible.’
- ‘His protagonist-heroes, especially the Chief Justice in The Lawyer and the Libertine and the film director in Appointment at Amalfi, show a scrupulous and incorruptible concern for truth and justice.’
- ‘He was incorruptible, and had an intolerance to sloth and greed.’
- ‘I've given up on certainties, but I do still believe in some things: that British racing is incorruptible, and that one day sport will once again be something we enjoy for its own sake.’
- ‘The Horse, with its rigorous style and feeling of incorruptible honesty, is directly in the Güney tradition of social protest.’
- ‘In addition, suppose a bureaucrat was incorruptible and wanted to do his job with total commitment to efficiency, demanding, say, that contractors reduce swollen overtime costs.’
- ‘The result was a corps that for decades commanded respect as the pinnacle of efficient, incorruptible policing.’
- ‘An incorruptible panel of independent and competent adjudicators is imperative in ensuring that competitors are judged purely on the merit of their performance.’
- ‘For us who were sinful, he gave up the holy one; for the wicked the innocent one; the just one for the unjust; the incorruptible one for corruptible men; and for us mortals the immortal one.’
- ‘Wenders always wants it both ways: high artifice and incorruptible honesty.’
- ‘In many ways, it is a better introduction than high school civics and college political science courses that preach an incorruptible legal system - especially its judiciary - that always remains above politics.’
- ‘As celebrated in their own eyes, these are always the true, the fearless, and the incorruptible revealers of corruption.’
- ‘This conservative estimate is based on the assumption that a large number of ultrasonologists are incorruptible.’
- ‘We have all heard of cunning bowlers turning down their own appeals, withdrawing them is the proper term, the better to impress the umpire with their incorruptible honesty and win a decision next time.’
- ‘Now the conventional wisdom is that the media will be kept honest and decent by an army of incorruptible amateur gumshoes.’
- ‘What price political openness, legality, free-trade and an incorruptible civil service - I thought - if the end result is an England full of Macdonalds, Seattle coffee bars and pubs that serve Harvester Fayre.’
2Not subject to death or decay; everlasting.
imperishable, indestructible, non-biodegradable, not decaying, non-corroding, indissoluble, durable, made to last, enduring, everlasting, eternalView synonyms
- ‘Earthly things were mortal - subject to change and transition - while the stars and planets were eternal and incorruptible.’
- ‘Made dogma in the Christian doctrine of the ‘odor of sanctity,’ that moral interpretation of corrupt and incorruptible flesh permeated secular culture as well.’
- ‘While human bodies were subject to hunger and pain, prey to a wide range of diseases and, eventually, decay, those of the saints remained impassable and incorruptible, in Camporesi's memorable formulation.’
- ‘I am about to receive the incorruptible, indestructible, ever-living Seed of the Word of God.’
- ‘By nature they are eternal and incorruptible, but Eriugena also thinks of individual created things as located spatially and temporally.’
Middle English: from Old French, or from ecclesiastical Latin incorruptibilis, from in- ‘not’ + corruptibilis ‘corruptible’.
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