Definitions of corruption

  1. in a state of progressive putrefaction Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. The act of corrupting or making putrid, or state of being corrupt or putrid; decomposition or disorganization, in the process of putrefaction; putrefaction; deterioration. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. The product of corruption; putrid matter. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. The act of changing for the worse: the state of being changed for the worse; decay; impurity; depravity. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Rottenness: putrid matter: impurity: bribery. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Rottenness; putrid matter; depravity; bribery. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. The act of corrupting; rottenness; decay; dishonesty; bribery. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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