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Definitions of corruption

  1. in a state of progressive putrefaction
  2. 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"
  3. lack of integrity or honesty ( especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
  4. decay of matter ( as by rot or oxidation)
  5. 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"
  6. The act of corrupting or making putrid, or state of being corrupt or putrid; decomposition or disorganization, in the process of putrefaction; putrefaction; deterioration.
  7. The product of corruption; putrid matter.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The act of changing for the worse: the state of being changed for the worse; decay; impurity; depravity.
  11. Rottenness: putrid matter: impurity: bribery.
  12. Rottenness; putrid matter; depravity; bribery.
  13. The act of corrupting; rottenness; decay; dishonesty; bribery.
  14. The act of corrupting or state of being corrupt; the dissolution or disintegration of bodies in the process of putrefaction; putrid matter; deterioration; a debased or impure state; bribery; a taint in the blood as a consequence of an act of attainder.

Usage examples for corruption

  1. The contrast of its rigid stillness and half- concealed corruption with the noise and life and light outside is very touching. – Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III. by John Symonds
  2. There may be political corruption in the administration of our public schools. – Poet Lore, Volume XXIV, Number IV, 1912 by Various
  3. " A year with that man," she answered, bitterly, " is a liberal education in corruption. – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  4. I have heard, it seems to me, that you were once driven to very hard measures against corruption." – Democracy An American Novel by Henry Adams
  5. The ties between the nobility and the Justices of the Peace had encouraged corruption of justice. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  6. The practical operation of the bureau showed that it was becoming an instrument of fraud, corruption and oppression, while the civil rights bill, needless as it was, provided methods of protection far preferable to the military protection authorized by this bill. – The Struggle between President Johnson and Congress over Reconstruction by Charles Ernest Chadsey
  7. A third consideration is, whether these measures will not bring more odium than strength to government; and the last, whether the authority that makes them, in a general corruption of manners and principles, can insure their execution. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  8. If these considerations, which early Egyptian literature seems to suggest, be borne in mind, the view that the preservation of the body from corruption implied a continuation of existence becomes intelligible. – The Evolution of the Dragon by G. Elliot Smith
  9. Thou wilt not suffer him who is consecrated to Thee to see corruption. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  10. She will have discussed, time and time again at secret meetings, the important question of lovers, and corruption will necessarily have overcome her heart or her spirit. – The Physiology of Marriage, Part I. by Honore de Balzac
  11. The only distinction that should be recognized is as between integrity and corruption. – Watch Yourself Go By by Al. G. Field
  12. When the peasants who had suffered so severely by this commercial corruption of our time asked that it should be put a stop to, the old reply, which has done duty half a million times in every case of corruption in France, England, or America for a generation, was given to them: " If you desire a policy to be effected, elect men who will effect it." – On Something by H. Belloc
  13. It is a robbery you suggest to me, and my pain is great, seeing that you reckoned on me; others rob from fatal instinct or from corruption of soul, you have come to it because I tried to enlighten you, because I tried to open your minds to the truth. – The Shadow of the Cathedral by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
  14. The leaders in big corruption, the mainstays of what has come to be called " big political business," have nearly all been college men. – Education: How Old The New by James J. Walsh
  15. " We have spoken of corruption," said the Prince. – New-Arabian-Nights by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  16. " Does she think me such a villain and a traitor," he thought, " that she fears to leave me alone with my dead friend's orphan daughter, lest I should whisper corruption into her innocent ear? – John Marchmont's Legacy, Volume I (of 3) by Mary E. Braddon
  17. Lifting up his voice, he declared, that, feeble as he was, he had come there to see an act of justice performed, but he thought the fire in which the records of corruption were to be destroyed should come from heaven. – Stories Of Georgia 1896 by Joel Chandler Harris
  18. Force and corruption attempting its downfall shall equally be baffled, and all other nations, struck with wonder and admiration at its happiness and stability, shall follow the example; and thus the whole earth shall at last be happy, and live like brethren. – The Rise of the Democracy by Joseph Clayton
  19. Mr. Moulton fumbled in his pocket, and, judging from the time he took and the depths into which he dived, one would have thought he was going to bring out corruption enough to bribe the whole French nation. – In the Courts of Memory 1858-1875. by L. de Hegermann-Lindencrone
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