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1. Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved.
2. Venal or dishonest: a corrupt mayor.
3. Containing errors or alterations, especially ones that prevent proper understanding or use: a corrupt translation; a corrupt computer file.
4. Archaic Tainted; putrid.
v. cor·rupt·ed, cor·rupt·ing, cor·rupts
1. To ruin morally; pervert: "The argument that modern life consists of a menu of horrors by which we are corrupted ... is a founding idea of the critique of modernity" (Susan Sontag).
2. To destroy or subvert the honesty or integrity of, as by offering bribes: "Our politics has been corrupted by money and suffused with meanness" (Peter Edelman).
a. To cause to become rotten; spoil: "There was a strange smell in the room, high and slightly sweet, like perfume corrupted in the bottle" (Bella Bathurst).
b. Archaic To render impure; contaminate.
a. To alter from original or proper form: "Strangers named them the Chippewa, which was corrupted to Ojibway" (Paul Theroux).
b. Computers To damage (data) in a file or on a disk.
To become corrupt.

[Middle English, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, to destroy : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

cor·rupt′er, cor·rup′tor n.
cor·rup′tive adj.
cor·rupt′ly adv.
cor·rupt′ness n.
Synonyms: corrupt, debase, debauch, deprave, pervert, vitiate
These verbs mean to ruin utterly in character or quality: was corrupted by power; debased himself by taking the bribe; a youth debauched by drugs; led a life depraved by sensual indulgence; perverted her talent by her pursuit of commercial success; a laudable goal vitiated by dishonest means.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.corrupted - containing errors or alterations; "a corrupt text"; "spoke a corrupted version of the language"
imperfect - not perfect; defective or inadequate; "had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"; "imperfect mortals"; "drainage here is imperfect"
2.corrupted - ruined in character or quality
corrupt - lacking in integrity; "humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt and incompetent city government"
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2. contaminated, soiled, dirtied, infected, spoiled, stained, decayed, rotten, polluted, tainted, tarnished, sullied, defiled, adulterated, vitiated, putrefied The body's T cells kill cells corrupted by viruses.
3. distorted, altered The computer files had been corrupted during the upgrade.
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adj (Comput) filefehlerhaft, beschädigt
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Similarly, no one likes a corrupt politician or a corrupted file, as they are completely broken and seemingly unfixable.
Since the probability of block corruption in a file is uniform, it is enough to identify the corrupted file with the probability of 0.95 while
While some web filters can block site-related malware, most viruses and malware are transmitted via email or corrupted file downloads.
This could have been wholly acceptable, explained away in the game as a corrupted file in the Jedi Archives, had it not been for the sights that greeted me.
According to the report, about 10,000 of the documents were held in a corrupted file, possibly explaining why they were never published.
In the case of a badly corrupted file, of which the page layout data cannot be salvaged, the Scavenge Text feature may be able to extract text stories from the damaged document.
If a good backup regime has been implemented, then restoring a corrupted file is always possible, so each file in the system should be read and checked against its checksum on a regular schedule.
Should a Windows 2003 Server fail due to a corrupted file, the IT manager can boot the individual server, restore the specific files that have been damaged, then reboot the server as if nothing has happened at all.
Recovering a damaged or corrupted file is as simple as clicking "Recover" and selecting the bad file.
When I went to install the program, there was a corrupted file, so I had to start all over.
Tech support spikes: "People are likely to assume that any electronic glitches (even ones that were happening to them before the year 2000, such as network errors, memory errors, corrupted file errors, etc.) are Y2K related," predicts consultant Sam Albert.