[syn: corrupting, contaminating]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Corrupt \Cor*rupt"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Corrupted; p. pr. &
vb. n. Corrupting.]
1. To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to
make putrid; to putrefy.
2. To change from good to bad; to vitiate; to deprave; to
pervert; to debase; to defile.
Evil communications corrupt good manners. --1. Cor.
3. To draw aside from the path of rectitude and duty; as, to
corrupt a judge by a bribe.
Heaven is above all yet; there sits a Judge
That no king can corrupt. --Shak.
4. To debase or render impure by alterations or innovations;
to falsify; as, to corrupt language; to corrupt the sacred
He that makes an ill use of it [language], though he
does not corrupt the fountains of knowledge, . . .
yet he stops the pines. --Locke.
5. To waste, spoil, or consume; to make worthless.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt. --Matt. vi.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: seducing into corrupt practices
2: harmful to the mind or morals; "corrupt judges and their
corrupting influence"; "the vicious and degrading cult of
violence" [syn: corrupting, degrading]
3: that infects or taints [syn: corrupting, contaminating]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
38 Moby Thesaurus words for "corrupting":
baleful, baneful, corroding, corrosive, corruptive,
counterproductive, damaging, deadly, deleterious, detrimental,
disadvantageous, disserviceable, distressing, eroding, erosive,
harmful, hurtful, injurious, lethal, malefic, malevolent, malign,
malignant, mischievous, noisome, noxious, ominous, pernicious,
poisonous, prejudicial, scatheful, toxic, venenate, veneniferous,
venenous, venomous, vicious, virulent