Definition of corruption
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 archaic : an agency or influence that corrupts
3 chiefly dialectal : pus
Examples of corruption in a Sentence
There are rumors of widespread corruption in the city government.
the mafia's corruption of public officials
corruption of the English language
computer software that is supposed to prevent the corruption of files
the corruption of a text
Recent Examples of corruption from the Web
Rodrigo Janot has charged Temer with alleged passive corruption and stated there are indications of other crimes that need to be investigated, according to documents filed at the Supreme Court.
And in recent years, the South Florida recovery industry has been rife with corruption.
From the Women’s March to the recent anti-corruption protests in Russia, The Handmaid’s Tale has become, in many ways, the dystopian story of our time.
The proclamation recognized Davis' work in merging Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, her efforts to grow and innovate Edward Hospital and her courage and integrity for taking a personal stand against corruption.
Ossoff is the CEO of Insight TWI, a small award-winning film company that investigates corruption in countries around the world.
Regarding Mr. Sanborn’s suggestion that the massive destruction conveniently destroyed records pertaining to corruption and waste in the Department of Defense, who knows?
MOSCOW (AP) — Terrorists, hooligans and anti-corruption protesters.
A highflying Chinese business tycoon whose company owns New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel was detained in China late last week by authorities who are investigating corruption and trying to curb risky financial behavior.
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CORRUPTION Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of corruption for Students
1 : dishonest or illegal behavior corruption in politics
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 : the act of changing or damaging something the corruption of an ancient text the corruption of a computer file
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