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Noun: corruption  ku'rúp-shun
  1. Lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
    - corruptness
     
  2. In a state of progressive putrefaction
    - putrescence, putridness, rottenness
     
  3. Decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)
     
  4. Moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles
    "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes";
    - degeneracy, depravation, depravity, putrefaction
     
  5. Destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity
    "corruption of a minor";
    - subversion
     
  6. Inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by committing a felony)
    "he was held on charges of corruption and racketeering"
     
  7. (linguistics) a word adopted from another language in an altered form

Derived forms: corruptions

See also: corrupt, incorrupt

Type of: debasement, decay, degradation, dishonesty, immorality, inducement, inducing, putrefaction, rot

Encyclopedia: Corruption