1300–50; Middle English corrupcio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Latin corruptiōn-, stem of corruptiō. See corrupt, -ion

anticorruption, noun, adjective
overcorruption, noun
precorruption, noun

2. dissolution, immorality. 8. rot, putrefaction, putrescence, foulness, pollution, contamination.

1–3. purity. 3, 4. honesty. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To anti-corruption
World English Dictionary
corruption (kəˈrʌpʃən)
1.  the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt
2.  moral perversion; depravity
3.  dishonesty, esp bribery
4.  putrefaction or decay
5.  alteration, as of a manuscript
6.  an altered form of a word

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

mid-14c., of material things, especially dead bodies, also of the soul, morals, etc., from Fr. corruption, from L. corruptionem, noun of action from corrumpere (see corrupt). Of public offices from early 15c.; of language from late 15c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature