OTHER WORDS FOR corruption
Origin of corruption
OTHER WORDS FROM corruptionan·ti·cor·rup·tion, noun, adjectiveo·ver·cor·rup·tion, nounpre·cor·rup·tion, noun
Words nearby corruption
What does corruption mean?
Corruption most commonly refers to a state in which members of organizations or institutions are engaging in illegal or otherwise dishonest practices to benefit themselves.
The term is most often used in the context of such rulebreaking by people who are powerful or who are responsible for the well-being of others, such as politicians, government officials, and police officers.
Corruption is a noun form of corrupt, which can be an adjective used to describe people who act in this way (or their actions), or a verb meaning to destroy the integrity of someone or something or cause someone to be dishonest.
More specifically, corruption can refer to the alteration of a word or text in a way that deviates from its original or intended form.
Example: The investigation revealed a long history of corruption within the agency that extends to its highest ranks.
Where does corruption come from?
The first records of the word corruption come from the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb corrumpere, meaning “to ruin” (or literally “to break to pieces”), from the verb rumpere, “to break.”
Corruption happens when the people who are supposed to be upholding the rules break the rules to benefit themselves—typically to get richer or more powerful. The word is most commonly used to describe shady dealings by officials in the government or other organizations (as opposed to ordinary citizens). Perhaps the most common and well-known example of corruption is bribery, and in fact corruption can be used as a synonym of bribery.
When people refer to the corruption of a person, it usually involves a debasing of their values or morality (at least in the judgment of the person using the word). In the context of language and words, corruption happens all the time as words evolve and get introduced into other languages. This sense of the word is less negative than others. In the context of software, data corruption and file corruption happen due to various errors that result in files being lost or unable to be opened.
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What are some other forms related to corruption?
- anticorruption (noun, adjective)
- overcorruption (noun)
- precorruption (noun)
- corrupt (adjective, verb)
What are some synonyms for corruption?
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How is corruption used in real life?
Corruption is most commonly used in the context of institutional corruption, especially in government and politics.
A federal plan to crack down on corruption will go to a new round of negotiations in Parliament as the Morrison government vows to revisit a reform first aired two years ago | @CroweDM https://t.co/36EpNxR2tV
— The Sydney Morning Herald (@smh) June 16, 2020
There is so much potential for corruption in Government. Who really tracks where the money goes and whether kickbacks are paid. Who can actually find out if ‘favours’ are done – let alone how much they cost.
— Jessica Simor QC (@JMPSimor) June 17, 2020
Denny O’Neil made timeless comics by making comics about his time. The revolutions of the 60s, the excesses of the 70s, the corruption of the 80s, the facades of the 90s—he used super hero tropes as brushstrokes to paint a picture of who we are and who we could be. RIP. pic.twitter.com/eWwI6tfnrp
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) June 12, 2020
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Is corruption used correctly in the following sentence?
The corruption of your values has led you to make many bad decisions.
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
When people repeatedly do things that aren’t allowed—from jaywalking to engaging in business corruption—their social-credit score falls and they can be blocked from things like buying train and plane tickets or applying for a mortgage.Inside China’s unexpected quest to protect data privacy|Tate Ryan-Mosley|August 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
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|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|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|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.
In Castile was ostentatiously displayed and lavishly spent great fortunes made in remote provinces by oppression and corruption.
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