Synonyms of corrupt
1 dishonestDictionary • corrupt police officers who took bribes
dishonest • He had become rich by dishonest means.
bent (slang) • a bent accountant
crooked (informal) • She might expose his crooked business deals to the authorities.
rotten • There was something rotten in our legal system.
shady (informal) • Be wary of people who try to talk you into shady deals.
fraudulent • fraudulent claims about being a nurse
unscrupulous • These kids are being exploited by very unscrupulous people.
unethical • I thought it was unethical for doctors to operate upon their wives.
venal • venal and totally corrupt politicians
unprincipled • the unprincipled behaviour of the prosecutor's office
2 depravedDictionary • the flamboyant and morally corrupt court of Charles the Second
depraved • It has been condemned as the most depraved film of its kind.
vicious • a vicious criminal incapable of remorse
degenerate • the degenerate attitudes he found among some of his fellow officers
debased • Such women were seen as morally debased.
profligate • setting his usual profligate and rakish example to society
dissolute • She regretted her dissolute life.
contaminated • More than 100,000 people could fall ill after drinking contaminated water.
decayed • Even young children have teeth so decayed they need to be extracted.
rotten • The smell is like rotten eggs.
defiled • How dirty and defiled he felt.
adulterated • The least adulterated pork sausages are your best bet.
putrid • river banks coated with layers of putrid sludge from untreated waste
4 distorted • a corrupt text of a poem by Milton
1 bribeDictionary • The ability to corrupt politicians, policemen, and judges was fundamental to Mafia operations.
bribe • The company bribed the workers to be quiet.
fix (informal) • They offered players bribes to fix a league match.
grease (someone's) palm (slang)
2 depraveDictionary • Cruelty depraves and corrupts.
deprave • material likely to deprave those who hear or read it
pervert • He was accused of perverting the nation's youth.
subvert • an attempt to subvert culture from within
debase (formal) • He claims that advertising debases the English language.
debauch • a film accused of debauching public morals
contaminate • The fishing waters have been contaminated with toxic wastes.
infect • The birds infect the milk.
spoil • Fats spoil by becoming tainted.
taint • Rancid oil will taint the flavour.
defile • piles of old clothes defiled with excrement
adulterate • The food had been adulterated to increase its weight.
vitiate • His otherwise admirable character is vitiated by his pride.
putrefy (formal) • the stench of corpses putrefying in the sweltering heat
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adulterateIf something such as food or drink is adulterated, someone has made its quality worse by adding water or cheaper products to it.
• The food had been adulterated to increase its weight.
• The least adulterated pork sausages are your best bet.
bent (British, informal)If you say that someone in a position of responsibility is bent, you mean that they are dishonest or do illegal things.
• a bent accountant
Thesaurus for corrupt from the Collins English Thesaurus
lacking in integrity; open to or involving bribery or other dishonest practices