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Definition of Corruption by Merriam-Webster

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cor·​rup·​tion | kə-ˈrəp-shən How to pronounce corruption (audio) 1a : dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers) : depravity

b : inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means (such as bribery)

the corruption of government officials

c : a departure from the original or from what is pure or correct the corruption of a text the corruption of computer files 2 chiefly dialectal : pus 3 archaic : an agency or influence that corrupts

Examples of corruption in a Sentence

There are rumors of widespread corruption in the city government.

the mafia’s corruption of public officials corruption of the English language

computer software that is supposed to prevent the corruption of files

the corruption of a text

See More Recent Examples on the Web And while China’s nuclear industry has a strong safety record — and domestic regulations have tightened since Fukushima — some fear corruption and supply line issues could undercut these efforts.

James Griffiths, CNN, “China’s gambling on a nuclear future, but is it destined to lose?,” 13 Sep. 2019
But his supporters in local elections have strengthened and now also investigate high-level corruption and mobilize supporters for opposition rallies.

Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, “Thanks to a drone, Russian activist saves sensitive hard drive right before police raid,” 13 Sep. 2019
Though Navalny was barred from running, his supporters in local election headquarters in dozens of Russian cities have grown in number and in force, investigating high-level corruption and mobilizing supporters for opposition rallies.

Fox News, “Russia carries out mass raids against supporters of opposition leader Navalny,” 12 Sep. 2019 After getting tossed back into the proverbial briarpatch of her youth, Pick discovers several things: Her sister seemed to have an amount of money that points to corruption and may have contributed to her death.

Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, “‘Briarpatch’: TV Review | TIFF 2019,” 7 Sep. 2019
Crumbling from within, corruption and inter-purging among the elites; attacks from without; generational succession.

Alexandra Alter, New York Times, “‘I’m Too Old to Be Scared by Much’: Margaret Atwood on Her ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Sequel,” 5 Sep. 2019
But because of corruption and cutting corners, all that work was ruined.

Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, “What the Restoration of Iraq’s Oldest University Says About the Nation’s Future,” 4 Sep. 2019
Significant European and Euro-Atlantic integration followed, as well as a crackdown on corruption and heavy government spending on construction and development.

Natasha Frost, Quartzy, “What’s behind a stratospheric tourism boom in the tiny European nation of Georgia,” 31 Aug. 2019
Everyone loathes the corruption and the constant catering to the rich and powerful.

Cenk Uygur, Twin Cities, “Cenk Uygur: Brace for impact, Washington. Progressives are going to win.,” 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of corruption

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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cor·​rup·​tion | kə-ˈrəp-shən How to pronounce corruption (audio)

Kids Definition of corruption

1 : dishonest or illegal behavior

corruption in politics

2 : the process of causing someone else to do something wrong

… the little scene that I had overheard was the last act in the corruption of one of the honest hands …— Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

3 : the act of changing or damaging something

the corruption of an ancient text the corruption of a computer file

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