noun (uncountable and countable; 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.
- It was necessary, by exposing the gross corruptions of monasteries, . . . to exite popular indignation against them. — w:Arthur Hallam, Hallam
- They abstained from some of the worst methods of usual to their party in its earlier days. — w:Bancroft, Bancroft
Etymology: French corruption, from Latin corruptio
- Usage note: Corruption, when applied to officers, trustees, etc., signifies the inducing a violation of duty by means of pecuniary considerations. — w:Abbott, Abbott
- 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, usually a result of imperfections in storage or transmission media which randomly alter parts of the data.
- 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 word that has adopted from another language but whose spelling has been changed through misunderstanding, transcription error, mishearing, etc.
- Something that is evil but is supposed to be good.
- The inducing and accelerating of putrefaction is a subject of very universal inquiry; for is a reciprocal to generation. — w:Francis Bacon, Francis Bacon.
- Parts of a machine can be corrupted, meaning broken.
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