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Origin of corruption
SYNONYMS FOR 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?
What are some words that share a root or word element with corruption?
What are some words that often get used in discussing corruption?
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.
Example sentences from the Web for corruption
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.
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
Padre Goyo, with his clerical collar and his bulletproof vest, is an icon for those fighting drugs and corruption.
Religion, say these, was corrupted a little after His death, and remained in that state of corruption about sixteen hundred years.Letters on England|Voltaire
Now these lips must be “saying to corruption, Thou art my father; to the worm, Thou art my mother and my sister.”Memories of Bethany|John Ross Macduff
Its spirit lies deep in the corruption of our common nature.
Pompey only sought to do what would be agreeable to Ptolemy; but Gabinius had yielded to corruption.History of Julius Caesar Vol. 2 of 2|Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
There is some corruption in the text; but the general meaning is clear enough.Plutarch's Lives, Volume II|Aubrey Stewart & George Long