KJV Dictionary Definition: corrupt


CORRUPT, v.t. L., to break. Literally, to break, separate or dissolve. Hence,

1. To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to separate the component parts of a body, as by a natural process, which accompanied by a fetid smell.

2. To vitiate or deprave; to change from good to bad.

Evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15.

3. To waste, spoil or consume.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt. Matthew 6.

4. To defile or pollute. Exodus 32.

5. To entice from good and allure to evil. 2 Corinthians 11.

6. To pervert; to break, disobey or make void. Malachi 2.

7. To pervert or vitiate integrity; to bribe; as, to corrupt a judge.

8. To debase or render impure, by alterations or innovations; as, to corrupt language.

9. To pervert; to falsify; to infect with errors; as, to corrupt the sacred text.


1. To become putrid; to putrefy; to rot. Animal and vegetable substances speedily corrupt in a warm and moist air.

2. To become vitiated; to lose purity.


1. Changed from a sound to a putrid state, as by natural decomposition.

2. Spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound; as corrupt air, or bread.

3. Depraved; vitiated; tainted with wickedness.

They are corrupt; they have done abominable works. Psalm 14.

The earth was corrupt before God. Genesis 6.

4. Debased; rendered impure; changed to a worse state; as corrupt language.

5. Not genuine; infected with errors or mistakes. The text is corrupt.


CORRUPTED, pp. Putrefied; vitiated; depraved; spoiled; marred; bribed; infected with errors.



1. One who corrupts; one who vitiates, or taints; as a corrupter of morals, or of Christianity.

2. One who bribes; that which depraves or destroys integrity.

3. One who introduces errors.


CORRUPTIBILITY, n. The possibility of being corrupted.



1. That may be corrupted; that may become putrid; subject to decay and destruction. Our bodies are corruptible.

2. That may be vitiated in qualities or principles; susceptible of depravation. Manners are corruptible by evil example.

CORRUPTIBLE, n. That which may decay and perish; the human body.

This corruptible must put on incorruption. 1 Corinthians 15.


CORRUPTIBLENESS, n. Susceptibility of corruption; corruptibility.


CORRUPTIBLY, adv. In such a manner as to be corrupted or vitiated.


CORRUPTING, ppr. Putrefying; depraving; vitiating.



1. The act of corrupting, or state of being corrupt or putrid; the destruction of the natural form of bodies, by the separation of the component parts, or by disorganization, in the process of putrefaction.

Thou wilt not suffer thy holy One to see corruption. Psalm 16.

2. Putrid matter; pus.

3. Putrescence; a foul state occasioned by putrefaction.

4. Depravity; wickedness; perversion or deterioration of moral principles; loss of purity or integrity.

Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1.

Corruption in elections is the great enemy of freedom.

5. Debasement; taint; or tendency to a worse state.

Keep my honor from corruption.

6. Impurity; depravation; debasement; as a corruption of language.

7. Bribery. He obtained his suit by corruption.

8. In law, taint; impurity of blood, in consequence of an act of attainder of treason or felony, by which a person is disabled to inherit lands from an ancestor, nor can retain those in his possession, nor transmit them by descent to his heirs.

Corruption of blood can be removed only by act of parliament.


CORRUPTIVE, a. Having the quality of corrupting, tainting or vitiating.

It should be endued with some corruptive quality.



1. The state of being corrupt; putrid state or putrescence.

2. A state of moral impurity; as the corruptness of a judge.

3. A vicious state; debasement; impurity; as the corruptness of language.