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Corroborate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Corroborated (-r?`t?d); present participle & verbal noun Corroborating (-r?`t?ng). ] [ Latin corroboratus , past participle of corroborare to corroborate; cor- + roborare to strengthen, robur strength. See Robust .]
1. To make strong, or to give additional strength to; to strengthen. [ Obsolete]

As any limb well and duly exercised, grows stronger, the nerves of the body are corroborated thereby.
I. Watts.

2. To make more certain; to confirm; to establish.

The concurrence of all corroborates the same truth.
I. Taylor.

Corroborate adjective Corroborated. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

Corroboration noun [ Confer French corroboration .]
1. The act of corroborating, strengthening, or confirming; addition of strength; confirmation; as, the corroboration of an argument, or of information.

2. That which corroborates.

Corroborative adjective [ Confer F. corroboratif .] Tending to strengthen of confirm.

Corroborative noun A medicine that strengthens; a corroborant. Wiseman.

Corroboratory adjective Tending to strengthen; corroborative; as, corroboratory facts.

Corroboree noun [ Also corrobboree , corrobori , etc.] [ Native name.]
1. A nocturnal festivity with which the Australian aborigines celebrate tribal events of importance. Symbolic dances are given by the young men of the tribe, while the women act as musicians.

2. A song or chant made for such a festivity.

3. A festivity or social gathering, esp. one of a noisy or uproarious character; hence, tumult; uproar. [ Australia]

Corrobory noun & v. See Corroboree .

Corrode (k?r-r?d") transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Corroded ; present participle & verbal noun Corroding .] [ Latin corrodere , - rosum ; cor + rodere to gnaw: confer French corroder . See Rodent .]


1. To eat away by degrees; to wear away or diminish by gradually separating or destroying small particles of, as by action of a strong acid or a caustic alkali.

Aqua fortis corroding copper . . . is wont to reduce it to a green-blue solution.
Boyle.

2. To consume; to wear away; to prey upon; to impair.

Corrode intransitive verb To have corrosive action; to be subject to corrosion.

Corroding lead , lead sufficiently pure to be used in making white lead by a process of corroding.

Syn. -- To canker; gnaw; rust; waste; wear away.

Corrodent adjective [ Latin corrodens , present participle of corrodere .] Corrosive. [ R.] Bp. King.

Corrodent noun Anything that corrodes. Bp. King.

Corrodiate transitive verb [ See Corrode .] To eat away by degrees; to corrode. [ Obsolete] Sandys.

Corrodibility noun The quality of being corrodible. [ R.] Johnson.

Corrodible adjective Capable of being corroded; corrosible. Sir T. Browne.

Corrosibility noun Corrodibility. " Corrosibility . . . answers corrosiveness." Boyle.

Corrosible adjective Corrodible. Bailey.

Corrosibleness noun The quality or state of being corrosible. Bailey.

Corrosion noun [ Late Latin corrosio : confer French corrosion . See Corrode .] The action or effect of corrosive agents, or the process of corrosive change; as, the rusting of iron is a variety of corrosion .

Corrosion is a particular species of dissolution of bodies, either by an acid or a saline menstruum.
John Quincy.

Corrosive adjective [ Confer French corrosif .]
1. Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing, changing, or destroying the texture or substance of a body; as, the corrosive action of an acid. " Corrosive liquors." Grew. " Corrosive famine." Thomson.

2. Having the quality of fretting or vexing.

Care is no cure, but corrosive .
Shak.

Corrosive sublimate (Chemistry) , mercuric chloride, HgCl 2 ; so called because obtained by sublimation, and because of its harsh irritating action on the body tissue. Usually it is in the form of a heavy, transparent, crystalline substance, easily soluble, and of an acrid, burning taste. It is a virulent poison, a powerful antiseptic, and an excellent antisyphilitic; called also mercuric bichloride . It is to be carefully distinguished from calomel, the mild chloride of mercury.

Corrosive noun
1. That which has the quality of eating or wearing away gradually.

[ Corrosives ] act either directly, by chemically destroying the part, or indirectly by causing inflammation and gangrene.
Dunglison.

2. That which has the power of fretting or irritating.

Such speeches . . . are grievous corrosives .
Hooker.

-- Cor*ro"sive*ly , adverb -- Cor*ro"sive*ness , noun

Corroval noun A dark brown substance of vegetable origin, allied to curare, and used by the natives of New Granada as an arrow poison.

Corrovaline noun (Chemistry) A poisonous alkaloid extracted from corroval, and characterized by its immediate action in paralyzing the heart.

Corrugant adjective [ Latin corrugans , present participle See Corrugate .] Having the power of contracting into wrinkles. Johnson.

Corrugate adjective [ Latin corrugatus , past participle of corrugare ; cor-+ rugare to wrinkle, ruga wrinkle; of uncertain origin.] Wrinkled; crumpled; furrowed; contracted into ridges and furrows.

Corrugate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Corrugated (-g?`t?d); present participle & verbal noun Corrugating (-g?`t?ng).] To form or shape into wrinkles or folds, or alternate ridges and grooves, as by drawing, contraction, pressure, bending, or otherwise; to wrinkle; to purse up; as, to corrugate plates of iron; to corrugate the forehead.

Corrugated iron , sheet iron bent into a series of alternate ridges and grooves in parallel lines, giving it greater stiffness. -- Corrugated paper , a thick, coarse paper corrugated in order to give it elasticity. It is used as a wrapping material for fragile articles, as bottles.

Corrugation noun [ Confer F. corrugation .] The act corrugating; contraction into wrinkles or alternate ridges and grooves.

Corrugator noun [ New Latin ; confer French corrugateur .] (Anat.) A muscle which contracts the skin of the forehead into wrinkles.

Corrugent adjective (Anat.) Drawing together; contracting; -- said of the corrugator. [ Obsolete]

Corrump transitive verb [ Latin corrumpere .] To corrupt. See Corrupt . [ Obsolete] Chauser.

Corrumpable adjective Corruptible. [ Obsolete]

Corrupt adjective [ Latin corruptus , past participle of corrumpere to corrupt; cor- + rumpere to break. See Rupture .]
1. Changed from a sound to a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound.

Who with such corrupt and pestilent bread would feed them.
Knolles.

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

At what ease
Might corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt
To swear against you.
Shak.

3. Abounding in errors; not genuine or correct; as, the text of the manuscript is corrupt .

Corrupt transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Corrupted ; present participle & verbal noun Corrupting .]
1. To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to make putrid; to putrefy.

2. To change from good to bad; to vitiate; to deprave; to pervert; to debase; to defile.

Evil communications corrupt good manners.
1. Cor. xv. 33.

3. To draw aside from the path of rectitude and duty; as, to corrupt a judge by a bribe.

Heaven is above all yet; there sits a Judge
That no king can corrupt .
Shak.

4. To debase or render impure by alterations or innovations; to falsify; as, to corrupt language; to corrupt the sacred text.

He that makes an ill use of it [ language], though he does not corrupt the fountains of knowledge, . . . yet he stops the pines.
Locke.

5. To waste, spoil, or consume; to make worthless.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt .
Matt. vi. 19.

Corrupt intransitive verb
1. To become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot. Bacon.

2. To become vitiated; to lose purity or goodness.

Corrupter noun One who corrupts; one who vitiates or taints; as, a corrupter of morals.

Corruptful adjective Tending to corrupt; full of corruption. [ Obsolete] " Corruptful bribes." Spenser.

Corruptibility noun [ Latin corruptibilitas : confer French corruptibilité .] The quality of being corruptible; the possibility or liability of being corrupted; corruptibleness. Burke.

Corruptible adjective [ Latin corruptibilis : confer French corruptible .]
1. Capable of being made corrupt; subject to decay. "Our corruptible bodies." Hooker.

Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold.
1 Pet. i. 18.

2. Capable of being corrupted, or morally vitiated; susceptible of depravation.

They systematically corrupt very corruptible race.
Burke.

-- Cor*rupt"i*ble*ness , noun -- Cor*rupt"i*bly , adverb

Corruptible noun That which may decay and perish; the human body. [ Archaic] 1 Cor. xv. 53.

Corruptingly adverb In a manner that corrupts.

Corruption noun [ French corruption , Latin corruptio .]
1. The act of corrupting or making putrid, or state of being corrupt or putrid; decomposition or disorganization, in the process of putrefaction; putrefaction; deterioration.

The inducing and accelerating of putrefaction is a subject of very universal inquiry; for corruption is a reciprocal to "generation".
Bacon.

2. The product of corruption; putrid matter.

3. The act of corrupting or of impairing integrity, virtue, or moral principle; the state of being corrupted or debased; loss of purity or integrity; depravity; wickedness; impurity; bribery.

It was necessary, by exposing the gross corruptions of monasteries, . . . to exite popular indignation against them.
Hallam.

They abstained from some of the worst methods of corruption usual to their party in its earlier days.
Bancroft.

» Corruption , when applied to officers, trustees, etc., signifies the inducing a violation of duty by means of pecuniary considerations. Abbott.

4. The act of changing, or of being changed, for the worse; departure from what is pure, simple, or correct; as, a corruption of style; corruption in language.

Corruption of blood (Law) , taint or impurity of blood, in consequence of an act of attainder of treason or felony, by which a person is disabled from inheriting any estate or from transmitting it to others.

Corruption of blood can be removed only by act of Parliament.
Blackstone.

Syn. -- Putrescence; putrefaction; defilement; contamination; deprivation; debasement; adulteration; depravity; taint. See Depravity .

Corruptionist noun One who corrupts, or who upholds corruption. Sydney Smith.

Corruptive adjective [ Latin corruptivus : confer French corruptif .] Having the quality of tainting or vitiating; tending to produce corruption.

It should be endued with some corruptive quality for so speedy a dissolution of the meat.
Ray.

Corruptless adjective Not susceptible of corruption or decay; incorruptible. Dryden.

Corruptly adverb In a corrupt manner; by means of corruption or corrupting influences; wrongfully.

Corruptness noun The quality of being corrupt.

Corruptress noun A woman who corrupts.

Thou studied old corruptress .
Beau. & Fl.

Corsac noun (Zoology) The corsak.

Corsage (kôr"saj) noun [ French See Corset .] The waist or bodice of a lady's dress; as, a low corsage .