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Definition of 'corruption'


  1. lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
       Synonyms: corruptness
       Antonyms: incorruptness incorruption
  2. in a state of progressive putrefaction
       Synonyms: putrescence putridness rottenness
  3. decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)
  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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"

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