Definition of corruption in English:

corruption

Syllabification: cor·rup·tion
Pronunciation: /kəˈrəpSHən
 
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noun

  • 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.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 2.1The process of causing errors to appear in a computer program or database.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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