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Meaning & Definition of Corruption in English

English

Corruption

/kərəpʃən/

noun

1. Lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery)

  • Use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
    synonym:
  • corruptness
  • ,
  • corruption

2. In a state of progressive putrefaction

    synonym:
  • putrescence
  • ,
  • putridness
  • ,
  • rottenness
  • ,
  • corruption

3. Decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)

    synonym:
  • corruption

4. Moral perversion

  • Impairment of virtue and moral principles
  • "The luxury and corruption among the upper classes"
  • "Moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration"
  • "Its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity"
  • "Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction"
    synonym:
  • corruption
  • ,
  • degeneracy
  • ,
  • depravation
  • ,
  • depravity
  • ,
  • putrefaction

5. Destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty

  • Undermining moral integrity
  • "Corruption of a minor"
  • "The big city's subversion of rural innocence"
    synonym:
  • corruption
  • ,
  • subversion

6. Inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by commiting a felony)

  • "He was held on charges of corruption and racketeering"
    synonym:
  • corruption