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the act of or state of being .
moral perversion; depravity.
perversion of integrity.
or dishonest proceedings.
debasement or alteration, as of language or a text.
a debased form of a word.
putrefactive decay; rottenness.
any influence or agency.
Contemporary Examples

Speakers, including the anticorruption blogger Alexei Navalny, attempted to keep the tone defiant and angry.
As Putin Wins Re-Election by Landslide, Both Sides Reluctantly Rally Owen Matthews, Anna Nemtsova March 4, 2012

Nor does the effort on the anticorruption front line appear to be winning hearts and minds on the Venezuelan street.
Venezuela’s Antigay Politicians Mac Margolis August 17, 2013

the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt
moral perversion; depravity
dishonesty, esp bribery
putrefaction or decay
alteration, as of a manuscript
an altered form of a word

mid-14c., of material things, especially dead bodies, also of the soul, morals, etc., from Latin corruptionem (nominative corruptio), noun of action from past participle stem of corrumpere (see corrupt). Of public offices from early 15c.; of language from late 15c.


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