What does morally bankrupt mean

Words nearby bankruptcy

banknote, bankroll, bankroller, bankrupt, bankrupt worm, bankruptcy, bankruptcy order, banks, banks island, banksia, banksia rose

Origin of bankruptcy

First recorded in 1690–1700;bankrupt + -cy


pre·bank·rupt·cy, noun,pluralpre·bank·rupt·cies.

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Examples from the Web for bankruptcy

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice turned herself in to serve a 15-month sentence for bankruptcy fraud.

    How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • Slim turned Bush down, and Lehman filed for bankruptcy in September 2008, just weeks before the presidential election.

    Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?|Lloyd Green|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • So while mourning the closing of De Robertis, consider that we might someday mourn the bankruptcy of whatever chain replaces it.

    De Robertis, a New York Great, Bids Farewell|Lizzie Crocker|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Blondin is a bankruptcy lawyer, like Warren, and has known her for decades.

    Obama’s 2008 Backers: We’re Ready for Warren|David Freedlander|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • After the bankruptcy of Mt. Gox, the Japanese police opened an investigation into this case.

    Vilified Bitcoin Tycoon After Losing $500 Million: My Life Is at Risk|Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Was this the moment, I ask you, for his wicked old mother to gamble herself into disgrace and bankruptcy?

    The Romance of His Life|Mary Cholmondeley

  • He gets all tangible property that the debtor could transfer at the moment of his bankruptcy.

    Commercial Law|Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill

  • By his influence with the Bank of England, he soon became recognized as the man who had saved Maryland from bankruptcy.

    Hidden Treasures|Harry A. Lewis

  • Old stocks become dead stocks, and dead stocks mean dead business and dead men, or bankruptcy.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard

  • His speech was an exhaustive study of the history and scope of bankruptcy laws against corporations.

    Thomas Hart Benton|Theodore Roosevelt

British Dictionary definitions for bankruptcy


/ (ˈbæŋkrʌptsɪ, -rəptsɪ) /


the state, condition, or quality of being or becoming bankrupt

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Cultural definitions for bankruptcy


Legally declared insolvency, or inability to pay creditors.

notes for bankruptcy

If an individual or a corporation declares bankruptcy, a court will appoint an official to make an inventory of the individual's or corporation's assets and to establish a schedule by which creditors can be partially repaid what is owed them.

notes for bankruptcy

An individual who is lacking a specific resource or quality is sometimes said to be bankrupt, as in intellectually bankrupt or morally bankrupt.

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Words related to bankruptcy

loss, liquidation, disaster, insolvency, default, failure, ruination, privation, nonpayment, destitution, ruin, lack, indigence, indebtedness, repudiation, exhaustion, defalcation, pauperism, overdraft