noun cor·rup·tion \kə-ˈrəp-shən\

: dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers)

: the act of corrupting someone or something

: something that has been changed from its original form

Full Definition of CORRUPTION

a :  impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle :  depravity
b :  decay, decomposition
c :  inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means (as bribery)
d :  a departure from the original or from what is pure or correct
archaic :  an agency or influence that corrupts
chiefly dialect :  pus

Examples of CORRUPTION

  1. There are rumors of widespread corruption in the city government.
  2. the mafia's corruption of public officials
  3. corruption of the English language
  4. computer software that is supposed to prevent the corruption of files
  5. the corruption of a text

First Known Use of CORRUPTION

14th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

Rhymes with CORRUPTION

CORRUPTION Defined for Kids


noun cor·rup·tion \kə-ˈrəp-shən\

Definition of CORRUPTION for Kids

:  dishonest or illegal behavior <corruption in politics>
:  the process of causing someone else to do something wrong <… the little scene that I had overheard was the last act in the corruption of one of the honest hands … — Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island>
:  the act of changing or damaging something <the corruption of an ancient text> <the corruption of a computer file>


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