AskDefine | Define corrupted

Dictionary Definition

corrupted adj
1 containing errors or alterations; "a corrupt text"; "spoke a corrupted version of the language" [syn: corrupt]
2 ruined in character or quality [syn: debased, vitiated]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved.
  2. dishonest
  3. Containing errors.


Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved
Containing errors


  1. past participle of corrupt

Extensive Definition

Corruption, when applied as a technical term, is a general concept describing any organized, interdependent system in which part of the system is either not performing duties it was originally intended to, or performing them in an improper way, to the detriment of the system's original purpose. Its original meaning has connotations of evil, malignance, sickness, and loss of innocence or purity.
Specific types of corruption include:
  • Political corruption, or the dysfunction of a political system or institution in which government officials, political officials or employees seek illegitimate personal gain through actions such as bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft, and embezzlement. Political corruption is a specific form of rent seeking (which is not to be confused with property rental).
  • Data corruption, or an unintended change to data in storage or in transit.
  • Linguistic corruption, or the change in meaning to a language or a text introduced by cumulative errors in transcription or changes in the language speakers' comprehension.
  • Putrefaction or decomposition of recently living matter. This physical process is the primary model of the metaphorical meaning of corruption, so advanced states of corruption in, e.g. a political structure are said to result in their putrefaction.
corrupted in Catalan: Corrupció
corrupted in Spanish: Corrupción
corrupted in French: Corruption (homonymie)
corrupted in Hindi: भ्रष्टाचार
corrupted in Hungarian: Korrupció
corrupted in Dutch: Corruptie
corrupted in Norwegian: Korrupsjon
corrupted in Norwegian Nynorsk: Korrupsjon
corrupted in Polish: Korupcja
corrupted in Portuguese: Corrupção
corrupted in Romanian: Corupţie
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