[ kuh-ruhp-shuhn ]
/ kəˈrʌp ʃən /


Nearby words

  1. corrugator,
  2. corrugator muscle,
  3. corrupt,
  4. corrupt practices act,
  5. corruptible,
  6. corruption of blood,
  7. corruptionist,
  8. corruptly,
  9. corrèze,
  10. corsac

Origin of corruption

1300–50; Middle English corrupcio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Latin corruptiōn-, stem of corruptiō. See corrupt, -ion

Related formsan·ti·cor·rup·tion, noun, adjectiveo·ver·cor·rup·tion, nounpre·cor·rup·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for corruption

British Dictionary definitions for corruption


/ (kəˈrʌpʃən) /


the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt
moral perversion; depravity
dishonesty, esp bribery
putrefaction or decay
alteration, as of a manuscript
an altered form of a word
Derived Formscorruptionist, noun

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Word Origin and History for corruption



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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