Definition of corruption in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈrʌpʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1Dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery: the journalist who wants to expose corruption in high places
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  • 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 or effect of making someone or something morally depraved: the corruption of youth was a powerful motif the word ‘addictconjures up evil and corruption
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  • 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.
2The process by which a word or expression is changed from its original state to one regarded as erroneous or debased: a record of a word’s corruption [count noun]: the term ‘hobgoblin’ is thought to be a corruption of ‘Robgoblin’
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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.
2.1The process by which a computer database or program becomes debased by alteration or the introduction of errors: this procedure creates a temporary file to prevent accidental corruption
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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.
3 archaic The process of decay; putrefaction: the potato turned black and rotten with corruption
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  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with corruption

abruption, disruption, eruption, interruption

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