corruption

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noun cor·rup·tion \kə-ˈrəp-shən\

Definition of corruption

  1. 1a :  dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers) :  depravityb :  decay, decomposition the corruption of a carcassc :  inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means (such as bribery) the corruption of government officialsd :  a departure from the original or from what is pure or correct the corruption of a text the corruption of computer files

  2. 2 archaic :  an agency or influence that corrupts

  3. 3 chiefly dialectal :  pus

Examples of corruption in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of corruption

see 1corrupt


CORRUPTION Defined for English Language Learners

corruption

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Definition of corruption for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CORRUPTION Defined for Kids

corruption

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noun cor·rup·tion \kə-ˈrəp-shən\

Definition of corruption for Students

  1. 1 :  dishonest or illegal behavior corruption in politics

  2. 2 :  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

  3. 3 :  the act of changing or damaging something the corruption of an ancient text the corruption of a computer file



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