I'm looking for a word that describes what a corporation is doing when it takes a long standing tradition of a business and then changes it so that it becomes cheap and no longer represents what it once stood for. Sort of like the concept of selling out.

  • So, a corporation changes its business model. Are you looking for a word that suggests illegality, or just a change in reputation for the quality of goods or services? – Xanne Jun 12 at 21:17
  • Walmarticized...it's a real thing; "sell out" or die. For example, "Walmart Levis"...it's a shame. – KannE Jun 13 at 0:57
  • @KannE - Get this -- they now have Birkenstock knock-offs. – aparente001 Jun 14 at 1:14
  • The company has now spoiled or tainted Halloween. – aparente001 Jun 14 at 1:15

The corporation perverted the long standing practises of the business they took over.


(of a thing) having been corrupted or distorted from its original course, meaning, or state.

this sudden surge of perverted patriotism



The word Corrupted can be applied to changes in a religion, language or culture over time:

to alter (a language, text, etc.) for the worse; debase.

Source: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/corrupted

Example usage from the Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics. Cambridge University Press. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-521-09510-5.

"The traditional grammarian tended to assume [...] that it was his task, as a grammarian, to 'preserve' this form of language from 'corruption'."

  • "Debase" itself could also be an option. – aparente001 Jun 20 at 3:31

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