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corruption (n.)

mid-14c., corrupcioun, of material things, especially dead bodies, "act of becoming putrid, dissolution, decay;" also of the soul, morals, etc., "spiritual contamination, depravity, wickedness," from Latin corruptionem (nominative corruptio) "a corruption, spoiling, seducing; a corrupt condition," noun of action from past-participle stem of corrumpere "to destroy; spoil," figuratively "corrupt, seduce, bribe" (see corrupt (adj.)).

Meaning "putrid matter" is from late 14c. Of public offices, "bribery or other depraving influence," from early 15c.; of language, "perversion, vitiation," from late 15c. Meaning "a corrupt form of a word" is from 1690s.

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Definitions of corruption from WordNet

corruption (n.)
lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain;
Synonyms: corruptness
corruption (n.)
in a state of progressive putrefaction;
Synonyms: putrescence / putridness / rottenness
corruption (n.)
decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation);
corruption (n.)
moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles;
the luxury and corruption among the upper classes
corruption (n.)
destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity;
corruption of a minor
Synonyms: subversion
corruption (n.)
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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