(redirected from corruptive)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to corruptive: debauched

absolute power corrupts absolutely

proverb One who holds unchecked power or authority is likely to become corrupt or abuse one's position. This phrase is usually attributed to 19th-century historian Lord Acton. He really started abusing the authority of his office when he was promoted to CEO. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. A: "I never should have appointed Brian head of the committee." B: "You need to call him in for a meeting before he thinks that he can do whatever he wants. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Their king isn't the first to take his power too far, and he won't be the last—absolute power corrupts absolutely.

evil communications corrupt good manners

proverb Exposure to that which is evil harms one's morality or integrity. The phrase cones from the Bible. A: "Jimmy's such a good kid, but his new friends seem like troublemakers. B: "I'm concerned too. I know how evil communications corrupt good manners."
See also: corrupt, evil, good, manner

power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely

The more powerful one is, the more unscrupulous one becomes. A: "I never should have appointed him head of the committee." B: "You need to call him in for a meeting before he thinks that he can do whatever he wants. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Prov. One who has total authority is very likely to abuse his position. (This phrase was used by the British historian Lord Acton: "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.") We thought that Johnson would be a responsible mayor, but within a year of taking office, he was as bad as all the rest. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
They will then display all kinds of corruptive actions throughout the hierarchy.
the spiritual atonement necessary for salvation that exposes, as illustrated by the ensuing Cato episode, music's treacherous corruptive power tempting the soul into collective frenzy.
The Asian nation of Singapore should serve as a model, a country noted for having zero tolerance for corruptive practices.
Garth Jennings's adorable comedy centres on lonely Will Proudfoot (Milner), whose mother Mary (Stevenson) is a member of the strictly religious Plymouth Brethren and forbids him from corruptive influences like film, television and the radio.
Turning to Paradise Lost, he points to the paradoxical representations of sublime digestion (Raphael's version) and its corruptive counterpart (hell), and he concludes by drawing attention to an intriguing doubleness in the forbidden fruit itself, illustrating how, as an apple and a peach, the fruit epitomizes the multiple moralities attached to food in the period.
He said the "long-term" plan for the movement consisted of fighting to change "corrupt and corruptive regimes" and "hurrying to the fields of jihad like Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia for jihadi preparation and training".
So bribed and sucked into the corrupt web, African leaders can do no more than struggle to establish and run the corruptive system in their own countries.
Sharply illuminated in a crisp adaptation by David Mamet and advanced by a tip-top ensemble under helmer David Warren, the cautionary themes of "The Voysey Inheritance"--the corruptive nature of capitalist economic models and their corrosive impact on the human character--emerge with shattering clarity.
Bohorquez gave the Fox government good marks for effort in the fight to end corruptive practices such as bribery, but said much remains to be done.
His episodic introductions of "dog meat" Warlord Zhang Zongchang and corruptive civilian official Cao Kun are eye opening.
However under the new law, it is the duty of the Anti-Corruption Committee to launch the investigation and furbish proof and evidence of corruptive measures committed by the accused individual.
In his marvelous 1974 book, The Future of Imprisonment, Norval Morris, the distinguished criminologist and long-time consultant to the Federal Bureau of Prisons wrote: "The criminal law's reach has been extended in this country far beyond its competence, invading the spheres of private morality and social welfare proving ineffective, corruptive and criminogenic.
He cites the corruptive influence of the violence waged by Mugabe and the rebels against the Rhodesian government of Ian Smith as the seed crystal from which his subsequent corruption grew.
We actively seek to eliminate terrorism from our land; please help us actively seek to eliminate this corruptive terrorism that is stealing our children's future.