follow Dictionary.com

Yours, Etc.: Origins and Uses of 8 Sign-Offs

corruption

[kuh-ruhp-shuh n] /kəˈrʌp ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt.
2.
moral perversion; depravity.
3.
perversion of integrity.
4.
corrupt or dishonest proceedings.
5.
6.
debasement or alteration, as of language or a text.
7.
a debased form of a word.
8.
putrefactive decay; rottenness.
9.
any corrupting influence or agency.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English corrupcio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Latin corruptiōn-, stem of corruptiō. See corrupt, -ion
Related forms
anticorruption, noun, adjective
overcorruption, noun
precorruption, noun
Synonyms
2. dissolution, immorality. 8. rot, putrefaction, putrescence, foulness, pollution, contamination.
Antonyms
1–3. purity. 3, 4. honesty.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for corruption
  • Rio-both the city and the state that carries its name-has been plagued by political infighting, incompetence and corruption.
  • corruption in government and business contributes to a growing cynicism in the population.
  • For numerous reasons-lack of infrastructure, corruption, inaccessible markets-the green revolution never made it here.
  • Others fizzled because of corruption and poor planning.
  • They will pay for corruption with a growl, but seem to think that virtue ought always to be had for nothing.
  • It is about time that someone details the conflict of interest and outright corruption in economics.
  • It's a controversial policy, though, as some fear corruption could enter into the admissions process.
  • Opacity was understood as the ally of corruption, transparency the enemy.
  • There is a lot of moral corruption amongst our academic leaders.
  • Denying evolution is a form of deliberate intellectual corruption.
British Dictionary definitions for corruption

corruption

/kəˈrʌpʃən/
noun
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
Derived Forms
corruptionist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for corruption
n.

mid-14c., of material things, especially dead bodies, also of the soul, morals, etc., from Latin corruptionem (nominative corruptio), noun of action from past participle stem of corrumpere (see corrupt). Of public offices from early 15c.; of language from late 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for corruption

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for corruption

14
18
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with corruption

Nearby words for corruption