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King James Dictionary [1]

Corrupt, 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.

Corrupt, a. L.

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.  Psalms 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.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): (a.) Changed from a state of uprightness, correctness, truth, etc., to a worse state; vitiated; depraved; debased; perverted; as, corrupt language; corrupt judges.

(2): (a.) Abounding in errors; not genuine or correct; as, the text of the manuscript is corrupt.

(3): (a.) Changed from a sound to a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound.

(4): (v. i.) To become vitiated; to lose putity or goodness.

(5): (v. t.) To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to make putrid; to putrefy.

(6): (v. t.) To change from good to bad; to vitiate; to deprave; to pervert; to debase; to defile.

(7): (v. t.) To draw aside from the path of rectitude and duty; as, to corrupt a judge by a bribe.

(8): (v. t.) To debase or render impure by alterations or innovations; to falsify; as, to corrupt language; to corrupt the sacred text.

(9): (v. t.) To waste, spoil, or consume; to make worthless.

(10): (v. i.) To become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot.

Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types [3]

 Proverbs 25:26 (a) This is a picture of what God thinks of one who by virtue of his position and knowledge should be giving out blessings to the people, but instead is giving out that which defiles the people.

 Ezekiel 20:44 (a) Here is described the wicked actions and sinful practices of the people of Israel, and these are compared to things that are rotten, spoiled and decayed.

 Matthew 7:17 (b) This is GOD's description of a professing Christian whose testimony and ministry are not according to the truth of God.

 1 Corinthians 15:33 (a) This expression describes the unsavory and defiling influence of wicked companions. (See also  Judges 1:10).

 2 Corinthians 2:17 (a) The Word itself cannot be changed, but the use of it may be a misuse whereby Scriptures are made to teach evil doctrines or practices. (See also.  Malachi 2:8).