An example of corruption is a government that pretends to be for the protection of people, but is selecting vendors based on how their contracts will benefit them personally.
- the act or fact of making, becoming, or being corrupt
- evil or wicked behavior; depravity
- bribery or similar dishonest dealings
- decay; putridity; rottenness
- something corrupted, as an improperly altered word or text
- Rare a corrupting influence
Origin of corruptionMiddle English corrupcion ; from Old French corruption ; from Classical Latin corruptio ; from corruptus, corrupt
- a. The act or process of corrupting.b. The state of being corrupt.
- Decay; rot.
(countable and uncountable, plural corruptions)
- 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.
- 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 product of corruption; putrid matter.
- The decomposition of biological matter.
- (computing) The destruction of data by manipulation of parts of it, either by deliberate or accidental human action or by imperfections in storage or transmission media.
- 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.
- (linguistics) A debased or nonstandard form of a word, expression, or text, resulting from misunderstanding, transcription error, mishearing, etc.
- Something that is evil but is supposed to be good.
- Corruption, when applied to officers, trustees, etc., signifies the inducing a violation of duty by means of pecuniary considerations. — Abbott