corruptio optimi pessima

Latin phrase
cor·rup·tio op·ti·mi pes·si·ma | \kȯ-ˈru̇p-tē-ˌō-ˈäp-ti-ˌmē-ˈpe-si-ˌmä \

Definition of corruptio optimi pessima 

: the corruption of the best is the worst of all

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