Definition of Corruption

1. Noun. Lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain.

Exact synonyms: Corruptness
Specialized synonyms: Infection, Venality, Jobbery
Generic synonyms: Dishonesty
Attributes: Corrupt, Incorrupt
Derivative terms: Corrupt
Antonyms: Incorruptness

2. Noun. In a state of progressive putrefaction.
Exact synonyms: Putrescence, Putridness, Rottenness
Generic synonyms: Putrefaction, Rot
Derivative terms: Putrescent, Putrid, Putrid, Rotten, Rotten

3. Noun. Decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation).
Generic synonyms: Decay

4. Noun. Moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles. "Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction"
Exact synonyms: Degeneracy, Depravation, Depravity, Putrefaction
Generic synonyms: Immorality
Derivative terms: Deprave, Deprave, Depraved

5. Noun. Destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity. "The big city's subversion of rural innocence"
Exact synonyms: Subversion
Generic synonyms: Debasement, Degradation
Derivative terms: Corrupt, Subvert

6. Noun. Inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by commiting a felony). "He was held on charges of corruption and racketeering"
Generic synonyms: Inducement, Inducing

Definition of Corruption

1. n. The act of corrupting or making putrid, or state of being corrupt or putrid; decomposition or disorganization, in the process of putrefaction; putrefaction; deterioration.

Definition of Corruption

1. Noun. 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. ¹

2. Noun. The act of corrupting or making putrid, or state of being corrupt or putrid; decomposition or disorganization, in the process of putrefaction; putrefaction; deterioration. ¹

3. Noun. The product of corruption; putrid matter. ¹

4. Noun. The decomposition of biological matter. ¹

5. Noun. (computing) The destruction of data by manipulation of parts of it, either by deliberate or accidental human action or by imperfections in storage or transmission media. ¹

6. Noun. 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. ¹

7. Noun. (linguistics) A debased or nonstandard form of a word, expression, or text, resulting from misunderstanding, transcription error, mishearing, etc. ¹

8. Noun. Something that is evil but is supposed to be good. ¹

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Definition of Corruption

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Corruption

corruption (current term)
corruption of blood

Literary usage of Corruption

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1899)
"corruption AND VICES OF THE RULERS IN A DEMOCRACY, AND CONSEQUENT EFFECTS UPON PUBLIC MORALITY In aristocracies rulers sometimes endeavor to corrupt the ..."

2. History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 by James Ford Rhodes (1906)
"That Henry Wilson, Dawes, Kelley, Bingham and Garfield should even be suspected of corruption, that Colfax had sworn falsely to cover up his operations ..."

3. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"As where a new felony is created by act of parliament, and it is provided (as is frequently the case) that it shall not extend to corruption of blood: here ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"corruption had gone too far in Italy ; " it is corrupt above all other countries. ... Moreover "a people, into whom corruption has thoroughly entered, ..."

5. The Constitutional History of England Since the Accession of George the by Thomas Erskine May (1906)
"In weighing the evidence of parliamentary corruption, ... Were all the measures for restraining corruption and undue influence groundless ? ..."

6. The History of the Norman Conquest of England: Its Causes and Its Results by Edward Augustus Freeman (1876)
"During the twelfth a while. century the process of grammatical corruption was far corruption more busily at work than the process of adopting foreign ..."

7. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"... and there the serious corruption, if there be any serious corruption of the line, must lie. Suspecting then the soundness of OVK ..."

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