corruption

noun
cor·​rup·​tion | \ kə-ˈrəp-shən How to pronounce corruption (audio) \

Definition of corruption

1a : dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers) : depravity
b : inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means (such as bribery) the corruption of government officials
c : a departure from the original or from what is pure or correct the corruption of a text the corruption of computer files
d : decay, decomposition the corruption of a carcass
2 chiefly dialectal : pus
3 archaic : an agency or influence that corrupts

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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
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The raids appear to signal that the corruption may be more far-reaching. NBC News, "FBI raids home of UAW president as bribery probe expands," 29 Aug. 2019 Endemic corruption and a lack of job opportunities are major reasons people leave. Madeline Roache / Puhoi, Time, "'You’re Not a Person if You Don’t Drink.' How This Tiny European Country Developed the World's Worst Drinking Problem," 29 Aug. 2019 Traficant got himself elected to Congress and became just the second member to be expelled when a jury convicted him in 2002 of more corruption charges. Mark Gillespie, Cincinnati.com, "Unusual deal keeps a shrinking Ohio city's newspaper going," 26 Aug. 2019 Perez served as mayor from 2001 to 2010, when he was convicted of felony corruption charges — which were later overturned — and resigned. Rebecca Lurye, Courant Community, "Hartford Democratic primary to pit Mayor Luke Bronin against challengers Eddie Perez and Brandon McGee, Jr.," 16 Aug. 2019 But, as the final issue of the Batman Who Laughs series reveals, the corruption is already underway. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Batman Who Laughs' Comic Ends with a Twist," 31 July 2019 That corruption and vulnerability is a consequence of the country’s rising status as a bridge for transnational cocaine smuggling. Danny Gold, SI.com, "The Broken Case of David Ortiz," 23 July 2019 War, corruption and sexism are not easy topics, and creative expression has its limits. L.t. | Kampala, The Economist, "The writers breathing fresh life into Ugandan literature," 23 Aug. 2019 But investors face a system hobbled by corruption and red tape. USA Today, "Were Wanda Tucker’s ancestors America’s first slaves? A difficult search for answers in far-away Angola," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of corruption

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for corruption

see corrupt entry 1

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corruption

noun

English Language Learners Definition of corruption

: 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

noun
cor·​rup·​tion | \ kə-ˈrəp-shən How to pronounce corruption (audio) \

Kids Definition of corruption

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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