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corruption

[kuh-ruhp-shuh n] /kəˈrʌp ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt.
2.
moral perversion; depravity.
3.
perversion of integrity.
4.
corrupt or dishonest proceedings.
5.
6.
debasement or alteration, as of language or a text.
7.
a debased form of a word.
8.
putrefactive decay; rottenness.
9.
any corrupting influence or agency.
Origin of corruption
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English corrupcio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Latin corruptiōn-, stem of corruptiō. See corrupt, -ion
Related forms
anticorruption, noun, adjective
overcorruption, noun
precorruption, noun
Synonyms
2. dissolution, immorality. 8. rot, putrefaction, putrescence, foulness, pollution, contamination.
Antonyms
1–3. purity. 3, 4. honesty.
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Examples from the Web for corruption
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  • The name is a Spanish corruption ofAshiwi, their own name for themselves.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • And am I to be hurried along by this stream of corruption to infamy and oblivion!

  • This is a corruption of the old Norman-French word oyez, “hear ye.”

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • His children are shadows—their life a dance, a sickness, a corruption.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • By what I have ingenuously told you, you may see who began this corruption.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for corruption

corruption

/kəˈrʌpʃən/
noun
1.
the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt
2.
moral perversion; depravity
3.
dishonesty, esp bribery
4.
putrefaction or decay
5.
alteration, as of a manuscript
6.
an altered form of a word
Derived Forms
corruptionist, noun
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Word Origin and History for corruption
n.

mid-14c., of material things, especially dead bodies, also of the soul, morals, etc., from Latin corruptionem (nominative corruptio), noun of action from past participle stem of corrumpere (see corrupt). Of public offices from early 15c.; of language from late 15c.

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