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Meaning of corruption by Wiktionary Dictionary

corruption


    Etymology

    From French corruption, from Latin corruptiō

    Noun

    corruption ( countable and uncountable; plural: corruptions )

    1. 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.
    2. The act of corrupting or making putrid, or state of being corrupt or putrid; decomposition or disorganization, in the process of putrefaction; putrefaction; deterioration .
    3. The product of corruption; putrid matter .
    4. The decomposition of biological matter .
    5. ( computing ) The destruction of data by manipulation of parts of it, either by deliberate or accidental human action or by imperfections in storage or transmission media .
    6. The act of changing, or of being changed, for the worse; departure from what is pure, simple, or correct; as, a corruption of style; corruption in language .
    7. ( linguistics ) A debased or nonstandard form of a word, expression, or text, resulting from misunderstanding, transcription error, mishearing, etc .
    8. Something that is evil but is supposed to be good .
      The inducing and accelerating of putrefaction is a subject of very universal inquiry; for corruption is a reciprocal to generation. — Francis Bacon .

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Explanation of corruption by Wordnet Dictionary

corruption


    Noun
    1. inducement ( as of a public official ) by improper means ( as bribery ) to violate duty ( as by commiting a felony )

    2. he was held on charges of corruption and racketeering
    3. destroying someone's ( or some group's ) honesty or loyalty

    4. corruption of a minor
    5. moral perversion

    6. the luxury and corruption among the upper classes
    7. lack of integrity or honesty ( especially susceptibility to bribery )

    8. decay of matter ( as by rot or oxidation )

    9. in a state of progressive putrefaction



    Definition of corruption by GCIDE Dictionary

    corruption


    1. Corruption ( k?r-r?psh?n ), n. [F. corruption, L. corruptio.]
      1. The act of corrupting or making putrid, or state of being corrupt or putrid; decomposition or disorganization, in the process of putrefaction; putrefaction; deterioration.

      The inducing and accelerating of putrefaction is a subject of very universal inquiry; for corruption is a reciprocal to “generation”. Bacon.

      2. The product of corruption; putrid matter.

      3. 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.

      It was necessary, by exposing the gross corruptions of monasteries, . . . to exite popular indignation against them. Hallam.

      They abstained from some of the worst methods of corruption usual to their party in its earlier days. Bancroft.

      ☞ Corruption, when applied to officers, trustees, etc., signifies the inducing a violation of duty by means of pecuniary considerations. Abbott.

      4. The act of changing, or of being changed, for the worse; departure from what is pure, simple, or correct; as, “a corruption of style; corruption in language”.

      Corruption of blood ( Law ), taint or impurity of blood, in consequence of an act of attainder of treason or felony, by which a person is disabled from inheriting any estate or from transmitting it to others.

      Corruption of blood can be removed only by act of Parliament. Blackstone.

      Syn. -- Putrescence; putrefaction; defilement; contamination; deprivation; debasement; adulteration; depravity; taint. See Depravity.