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Pronunciation:  ku'rupshun

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  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  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"
  3. [n]  lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
  4. [n]  decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)
  5. [n]  in a state of progressive putrefaction

CORRUPTION is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: corruptness, degeneracy, depravity, putrescence, putridness, rottenness, subversion
 Antonyms: incorruption, incorruptness
 See Also: debasement, decay, degradation, dishonesty, immorality, infection, jobbery, putrefaction, rot, venality



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cor*rup"tion\ (k?r-r?p"sh?n), n. [F. corruption, L.
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.

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}.

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