Synonyms of corrupt in English:

corrupt


See definition of corrupt

adjective

1‘they alleged that the government was inefficient and corrupt’

SYNONYMS

dishonest, dishonourable, unscrupulous, unprincipled, amoral, untrustworthy, underhand, deceitful, double-dealing, disreputable, discreditable, shameful, scandalous

corruptible, bribable, buyable, venal, fraudulent, swindling, grafting, criminal, lawless, felonious, villainous, nefarious, iniquitous

malfeasant

informal crooked, shady, tricky, dirty, low-down, rascally, scoundrelly

British informal bent, dodgy

archaic hollow-hearted

ANTONYMS

honest, law-abiding

2‘the earth was corrupt in God's sight’

SYNONYMS

sinful, ungodly, unholy, irreligious, unrighteous, profane, blasphemous, impious, impure

immoral, depraved, degenerate, reprobate, vice-ridden, perverted, debauched, dissolute, dissipated, intemperate, decadent, profligate, wanton, abandoned, immodest, lustful, lascivious, lewd, lecherous, sordid

bad, wicked, evil, base, low

informal warped

ANTONYMS

moral

3‘rural dialects were regarded as corrupt’

SYNONYMS

impure, adulterated, bastardized, alloyed, contaminated, debased, tainted, polluted, infected

deviant, distorted

ANTONYMS

pure


verb

1‘firms are corrupting politicians in the search for contracts’

SYNONYMS

bribe, suborn, buy, buy off, pay off

informal grease someone's palm, give someone a backhander, give someone a sweetener, keep someone sweet, get at, fix, square

British informal nobble

ANTONYMS

purge

2‘they argued that pornography did not corrupt its readers’

SYNONYMS

pervert, debauch, deprave, warp, subvert, make degenerate, lead astray, debase, degrade, defile, sully, infect, influence

archaic demoralize

ANTONYMS

purify

3‘the apostolic writings had been corrupted by unknown persons’

SYNONYMS

alter, falsify, manipulate, tamper with, interfere with, tinker with, doctor, distort

adulterate, bastardize, dilute, contaminate, taint

informal fiddle with, cook

rare vitiate