|Main Entry:||sleaze factor|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||that part of a situation that is corrupt, sordid, or controversial|
|Etymology:||sleaze 'vulgarity' + factor|
The element in a political party, administration, or other organization that is corrupt, controversial, or tainted by scandal. For example, I can't see myself making a campaign contribution to themthere's too much of a sleaze factor. This slangy expression derives from the adjective sleazy, which means "vulgar" or "tawdry." The idiom was first used in politics in the 1980s.