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