- 1Dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery: the journalist who wants to expose corruption in high placesMore example sentences
- This produces a perfect environment for corruption, bribery and insider-dealing.
- He claimed that the investigation had shown allegations of insider trading, bribery and corruption to be false.
- He said he supported the role of the media in exposing corruption, dishonesty and malpractice in public life.
- 1.1The action of making someone or something morally depraved or the state of being so: the word “addict” conjures up evil and corruptionMore example sentences
- Righting wrongs and fighting evil, corruption, wickedness and stupidity is just part time work.
- He sinned, and his nature was thereby corrupted and depraved; and this corruption is conveyed to all his posterity.
- She does not die as a victim, but having forgiven her executioners, she talks back at them and tries to show them their corruption, perversion and inhumanity.
- 1.2 • archaic Decay; putrefaction: the potato turned black and rotten with corruptionMore example sentences
- I became acquainted with the science of anatomy: but this was not sufficient; I must also observe the natural decay and corruption of the human body.
- 2The process by which something, typically a word or expression, is changed from its original use or meaning to one that is regarded as erroneous or debased.More example sentences
- Barolini's love for language is evident throughout the book as well; much of the prose is concerned with ferreting out word origins, with word play, corruptions, and evolution.
- However, all phoneticians and linguists agree that the widely held view that many accents are corruptions of a pure pronunciation has no scientific basis whatsoever.
- I am disinterested in their games, parties, loves and hates - and frequently distressed by their corruptions of the language.
- 2.1The process of causing errors to appear in a computer program or database.More example sentences
- This can cause data corruption, particularly with databases.
- Access errors lead to data corruption, which causes a program to behave incorrectly or crash.
- The tool enables the user to choose which records to display and includes safety mechanisms to prevent accidental data corruption.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin corruptio(n-), from corrumpere 'mar, bribe, destroy' (see corrupt).