from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Incapable of being morally corrupted.
  • adj. Not subject to corruption or decay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not possible to corrupt; not subject to corruption.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not corruptible; incapable of corruption, decay, or dissolution.
  • adj. Incapable of being bribed or morally corrupted; inflexibly just and upright.
  • n. One of a religious sect which arose in Alexandria, in the reign of the Emperor Justinian, and which believed that the body of Christ was incorruptible, and that he suffered hunger, thirst, pain, only in appearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not corruptible physically; incapable of corruption or decay.
  • Not corruptible morally; not liable to perversion or debasement; that cannot be affected by contaminating influences, especially bribery or hope of gain or advancement: as, incorruptible principles; an incorruptible judge.
  • Eccles., the Aphthartodocetæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. incapable of being morally corrupted


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  • The only way to render this perishing creature solid and incorruptible is for him to entertain and receive the word of God; for this remains everlasting truth, and, if received, will preserve him to everlasting life, and abide with him for ever.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • The old man may have queered his own promotion but he was still known as the incorruptible and his judgment on the promotions of others was prized.

    The Bridges at Toko-Ri

  • But in the second meaning of the word "corruption," we confess that our Lord's body is incorruptible, that is, indestructible, for such is the tradition of the inspired Fathers.

    NPNF2-09. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus

  • For these punishments are temporal; but there neither the worm dieth nor is the fire quenched: for that body of all is incorruptible, which is then to be raised up.

    NPNF1-12. Saint Chrysostom: Homilies on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians

  • They remind me of that crown incorruptible, which is reserved in heaven for all who love the Lord and have submitted to His will upon the earth.

    Blumenkörbchen. English

  • It is incorruptible, in which respect it is like its Maker, who is called the incorruptible God, Rom. i.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • We need someone who can think carefully about changing the economic policy course of the country, who is as economist James K. Galbraith just shared with me "incorruptible", and who can run a big government operation, and instill national and global confidence in his or her leadership.

    Steve Clemons: Who Will Succeed Tim Geithner as Next Treasury Secretary?

  • Michelle Bachman invoked the "rule of law", and one conservative blogger held that Gulf Coast residents should take on BP in our "incorruptible" courts.

    Terrance Heath: From Alaska to the Gulf & The Niger Delta, With The Party of BP

  • The very word "incorruptible" implies this attitude, as if the natural processes were a corruption, dirtying what is holy; whereas I find, on looking around me, that the intricacy of the decomposition process is incredible, amazing - miraculous, if you will - whether they be the product of some Creator or the result of some intricate evolutionary processes.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • As I mentioned in my post on reliquaries, some relics are actually whole saints, preserved in a state that is called "incorruptible".

    Archive 2007-08-01


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  • Me too!

    July 12, 2007

  • Makes me think of Handel's "Messiah."

    July 12, 2007