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corruption (immorality)

Definition:

moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Plural:

corruptions

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

the luxury and corruption among the upper classes

Etymology:

of material things, especially dead bodies, also of the soul, morals, and so...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of corruption...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

depravation | deprave | depravement | corrupt [synonym, sense-specific] | slander [synonym, sense-specific] | vitiate [synonym, sense-specific]

[formal] the state or process of corruption | to make morally bad; corrupt; vitiate | [obsolete] to defame; slander (17 of 343 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

Merriam-Webster:

deprave | depraved [past tense] | depraving [present participle] | malign [synonym, sense-specific] | corrupt [synonym, sense-specific] | abase [synonym, sense-specific] | bastardize [synonym, sense-specific] | canker [synonym, sense-specific] | cheapen [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] to speak ill of; "malign" | to make bad; "corrupt" ; especially, to corrupt morally (15 of 158 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

deprave | depravation [derived]

make (someone) immoral or wicked (5 of 66 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/deprave

New World Dictionary:

deprave | depraved [past tense] | depraving [present participle] | depravation [noun, related] | depraver [noun, related]

to lead into bad habits; make morally bad; corrupt; pervert | [obsolete] to defame or slander (15 of 53 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/deprave

Wiktionary:

depravation | depravations [plural] | depravity [synonym, sense-specific] | Detraction [synonym, sense-specific] | degeneracy [synonym, sense-specific] | deterioration [synonym, sense-specific] | depreciation [synonym, sense-specific]

Detraction; depreciation. | The act of depraving, or making anything bad; the act of corrupting. | The state of being depraved or degenerated; degeneracy; depravity. | Change for the worse; deterioration; morbid perversion. (30 of 42 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/depravation

American Heritage Dictionary:

deprave | depraved [past tense] | depraving [present participle] | depraves [3rd-person singular present] | depravation [noun, related] | depraver [noun, related]

To debase, especially morally; corrupt. (5 of 39 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/deprave

Wikipedia:

Degeneracy [disambiguation]

may refer to: Degeneracy (quantum mechanics), a property of quantum states sharing the same energy levels | Degeneracy (mathematics), a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class | ... (39 of 394 words, 18 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Degeneracy

Random House Dictionary:

degeneracy

degenerate state or character. | the process of degenerating; decline. | degenerate behavior, especially behavior considered sexually deviant. | ... (16 of 39 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/degeneracy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

degenerate [adjective] | degeneracy [noun, uncountable, related]

immoral | [formal] in a worse state than before (8 of 35 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/degenerate 6

Cambridge Dictionary:

depravity

the state of being morally bad (6 of 12 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/depravity

Columbia Encyclopedia:

decay of organic matter | putrefaction | decay of organic matters

process whereby heterotrophic organisms, including some bacteria, fungi, saprophytic plants, and lower animals, utilize the remains of once-living ... (18 of 196 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0814915​.html

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

Encarta Dictionary:

degeneracy | degeneracies [plural]

immoral, depraved, or corrupt behavior, or an instance of this | a condition that is worse than normal or worse than before | the process of becoming ... (25 of 70 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603392​/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)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=corruption

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"

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

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

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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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