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corruption

noun

  1. (dishonesty)  lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
    Synonyms: corruptness. Type of: dishonesty. Describes: corrupt, incorrupt
  2. (rot)  in a state of progressive putrefaction
    Synonyms: putrescence, putridness, rottenness. Type of: putrefaction
  3. (decay)  decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)
    Type of: decay
  4. (immorality)  moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles
    Synonyms: degeneracy, depravation, depravity, putrefaction. Type of: immorality
  5. (degradation)  destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity
    Synonyms: subversion. Type of: degradation
  6. (inducement)  an inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by committing a felony)
    Type of: inducement

Etymology summary

of material things, especially dead bodies, also of the soul, morals, and so...
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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Corruption

In philosophical, theological, or moral discussions, corruption is spiritual or moral impurity or deviation from an ideal. Corruption may include many activities including bribery and embezzlement. Government, or 'political', corruption occurs when an ... (33 of 2451 words, 1 image)

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Corruption (disambiguation)

spiritual or moral impurity. Corruption may also refer to: Corruption (1933 film), an American crime film | Corruption (1968 film), a British horror film | Corruption (interactive fiction), a 1988 adventure game | Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, a 2007 ... (36 of 123 words, 9 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

corruption [law]

Improper and usually unlawful conduct intended to secure a benefit for oneself or another. Its forms include bribery, extortion, and the misuse of ... (23 of 64 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/1163901​/corruption

Collins Dictionary:

corruption | depravity [synonym, sense-specific] | corruptionist [noun, derived]

the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt | moral perversion; depravity | dishonesty, especially bribery | putrefaction or decay | alteration, ... (19 of 541 words, 6 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/corruption

Wiktionary:

corruption | corruptions [plural] | adulteration [synonym, sense-specific] | contamination [synonym, sense-specific] | debasement [synonym, sense-specific] | defilement [synonym, sense-specific] | dirtying [synonym, sense-specific] | soiling [synonym, sense-specific] | tainting [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

The act of corrupting or of impairing integrity, virtue, or moral principle; the state of being corrupted or debased; loss of purity or integrity; depravity; wickedness; impurity; bribery. | The act of corrupting or making putrid, or state of being ... (39 of 187 words, 8 definitions, 4 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/corruption

Oxford Dictionary:

corruption | putrefaction [synonym, sense-specific]

dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery | the action or effect of making someone or something morally depraved ... (22 of 172 words, 5 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/corruption

Merriam-Webster:

corruption | depravity [synonym, sense-specific] | decomposition [synonym, sense-specific] | pus [synonym, sense-specific] | decay [synonym, sense-specific] | breakdown [synonym, sense-specific] | festering [synonym, sense-specific] | putrefaction [synonym, sense-specific] | putrescence [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle; "depravity" ; "decay", ... | [archaic] an agency or influence that corrupts | [dialect] "pus" (20 of 145 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/corruption

Macmillan British Dictionary:

corruption [uncountable] | corruptions [plural]

dishonest or illegal behaviour by officials or people in positions of ... | the process of corrupting someone or something | [literary] the process of ... (23 of 93 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/corruption

Cambridge Dictionary:

corruption [entry 1]

illegal, bad or dishonest behaviour, especially by people in positions of power | in language, a word whose original form has been changed (22 of 71 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/corruption 1

corruption [entry 2]

when the information on a computer is changed in wrong ways so that it cannot be used (17 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/corruption 2

Random House Dictionary:

corruption | bribery [synonym, sense-specific]

the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt. | moral perversion; depravity. | perversion of integrity. | corrupt or dishonest proceedings. | ... (19 of 57 words, 9 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/corruption

New World Dictionary:

corruption

the act or fact of making, becoming, or being corrupt | evil or wicked behavior; depravity | bribery or similar dishonest dealings | decay; putridity; ... (22 of 50 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/corruption

American Heritage Dictionary:

corruption

The act or process of corrupting. | The state of being corrupt. | Decay; rot. | [archaic] Something that corrupts. (17 of 20 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

corruption | corruptions [plural]

dishonest exploitation of power for personal gain | extreme immorality or depravity | an undesirable change in meaning or another error introduced ... (20 of 104 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861600531​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

corruption

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: of material things, especially dead bodies, also of the soul, morals, and so on..., from Latin corruptionem (nominative corruptio), noun ... (22 of 43 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

corruption

Origin: Middle English: via Old French from Latin corruptio(n-), from corrumpere "mar, bribe, destroy" (see "corrupt")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/corruption

New World Dictionary:

corruption

Origin: Middle English corrupcion from Old French corruption from Latin corruptio from corruptus, "corrupt"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/corruption

Wiktionary:

corruption

Origin: French corruption, from Latin corruptiō

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/corruption

Encarta Dictionary:

corruption | corruptions [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin corruption- from corruptus

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861600531​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

corruption

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "corruption"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/corruption

Macmillan British Dictionary:

corruption [uncountable] | corruptions [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "corruption"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/corruption

Macmillan American Dictionary:

corruption [uncountable] | corruptions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "corruption"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/corruption

Cambridge Dictionary:

corruption [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "corruption"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "corruption"

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the Free Dictionary:

corruption

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "corruption"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "corruption"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "corruption" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/corruption

Google Dictionary:

corruption | corruptions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "corruption"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

corruption

Audio: North American pronunciation of "corruption"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=corrup​08 word=corruption

YourDictionary Audio:

corruption

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "corruption" by speech synthesizer

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