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corrupt

1. (of a text or manuscript) made meaningless or different in meaning from the original by scribal errors or alterations
2. (of computer programs or data) containing errors

corrupt

[kə′rəpt]
(computer science)
To destroy or alter information so that it is no longer reliable.
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Yet the Rings trilogy, almost from its opening page, is bound together by Christian thematic sinews: the corrupting premise of absolute power to right all wrongs; the virtue of humility; the triumph of small things over great; the power of good to anticipate, outflank, and even exploit evil for its own ends; the sanctifying struggle for freedom; the imagery of resurrection; and much more.
If corruption means to turn away from unthinking allegiance to the rules and mores of society - and unthinking allegiance is what most governments want from their citizens - then Socrates certainly was corrupting the youth.
The influence of money is corrupting our ability to address the problems that directly affect the lives of every American.
The corrupt and corrupting campaign finance laws are a stain upon the honor of the country.
The arrogance and actions of public officials who promote and participate in these corrupting practices should sound a warning to all those who pledge to uphold the law and the Constitution.
The citizens look to you in the legislature who share their love of the law, and the Constitution, to protect them from such corrupting conduct.
Presented with an opportunity to radically overhaul City Hall's corrupt and corrupting culture, the council instead opted for reform in name only, legislation that will only slightly change the status quo, and arguably for the worse.
It's further expected to proliferate globally, Thursday 2 December 1999, instantly erasing data and corrupting hard drives.
When he didn't get his way, he resigned from Congress just one day after he was sworn in for a 15th term - ample proof of how corrupting near absolute power can be.
It's called soft money, but it's really dirty money, sewer money, and it's the most dangerous and corrupting element in American politics today.