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corruption

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Corruption \Cor*rup"tion\ (k?r-r?p"sh?n), noun [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.

Note: 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}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

corruption

noun

1: lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain [syn: {corruptness}, {corruption}] [ant: {incorruption}, {incorruptness}]

2: in a state of progressive putrefaction [syn: {putrescence}, {putridness}, {rottenness}, {corruption}]

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" [syn: {corruption}, {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" [syn: {corruption}, {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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