corruption

[kuh-ruhp-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt.
2.
moral perversion; depravity.
3.
perversion of integrity.
4.
corrupt or dishonest proceedings.
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:
1300–50; 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.
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corruption (kəˈrʌpʃən)
 
n
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
 
cor'ruptionist
 
n

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corruption
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.
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Example sentences
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.
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