perversion of integrity.
corrupt or dishonest proceedings.
debasement or alteration, as of language or a text.
a debased form of a word.
putrefactive decay; rottenness.
any corrupting influence or agency.
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.
- an·ti·cor·rup·tion, noun, adjective
- o·ver·cor·rup·tion, noun
- pre·cor·rup·tion, noun
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How to use corruption in a sentence
Except, well, those countries are not safe — corruption, crime, violence, and lack of economic opportunity have driven hundreds of thousands to flee the countries in recent years.What to make of the DHS whistleblower’s shocking complaint | Alex Ward | September 11, 2020 | Vox
When we asked Brian Kolfage last month to explain how his group We Build the Wall had spent the $25 million it had raised, plus address concerns of corruption when the private sector takes over the building of border walls, he scoffed.Private Border Wall Fundraisers Have Been Arrested on Fraud Charges | by Perla Trevizo, Jeremy Schwartz and Lexi Churchill | August 20, 2020 | ProPublica
That, again, is Jason Robins from DraftKings, talking about corruption in sports.The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388 Rebroadcast) | Stephen J. Dubner | August 20, 2020 | Freakonomics
The soldiers arrested the president following months of mass protests against corruption and escalating insecurity in Mali, where Islamic militants have been active since 2012.How Mali’s security crisis and corruption allegations brought the military back to power | Chidinma Irene Nwoye | August 19, 2020 | Quartz
They assess the specific agency’s track record on corruption, safety, finance, and abuse—as well as factoring in how much it needs the tool.
She is the author of Dirty Entanglements: corruption, Crime and Terrorism (Cambridge University Press).ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism | Louise I. Shelley | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Islamic State brought “peace, autonomy, zero corruption, low crime-rate,” he Tweeted last month.
The stench of corruption is settling over world soccer like a poisonous fog, and players are paying the price.
Both Rezko and Blagojevich have since been convicted on unrelated federal corruption charges.Obama’s Golf Buddy May Be a ‘Hostile Witness’ in Chicago Corruption Case | Ben Jacobs | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The ruling also cleared Mubarak along with his sons, Alaa and Gamal, of corruption charges relating to the sale of gas to Israel.Mubarak’s Acquittal Signals Complete Triumph of Military Over Arab Spring | Jamie Dettmer | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The mangled bodies were hurried to the catacombs, and thrown into an indiscriminate heap of corruption.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
One of them was the late Secretary of the Treasury, Guy, who had been turned out of his place for corruption.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
In Castile was ostentatiously displayed and lavishly spent great fortunes made in remote provinces by oppression and corruption.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
Its origin is involved in obscurity: but may it not be a corruption of the Latin ambages, or the singular ablative ambage?
Amid the disintegration of society it was the sole conservative element—the salt which preserved it from corruption.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
British Dictionary definitions for corruption
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
- corruptionist, noun
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