[ kuh-ruhp-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt.

  2. moral perversion; depravity.

  1. perversion of integrity.

  2. corrupt or dishonest proceedings.

  3. debasement or alteration, as of language or a text.

  4. a debased form of a word.

  5. putrefactive decay; rottenness.

  6. any corrupting influence or agency.

  7. Computers. the state of being compromised by errors in computer code or stored data, or an action that causes such errors: The system crash was the result of previously undetected data corruption.

Origin of corruption

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English cor(r)upcio(u)n, from Middle French, from Latin corruptiōn-, stem of corruptiō; see origin at corrupt, -ion

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Other words from corruption

  • an·ti·cor·rup·tion, noun, adjective
  • o·ver·cor·rup·tion, noun
  • pre·cor·rup·tion, noun

Words Nearby corruption Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use corruption in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for corruption


/ (kəˈrʌpʃən) /

  1. the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt

  2. moral perversion; depravity

  1. dishonesty, esp bribery

  2. putrefaction or decay

  3. alteration, as of a manuscript

  4. an altered form of a word

Derived forms of corruption

  • corruptionist, noun

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