corruption

Corruption is dishonest action that destroys people's trust. News of corruption at your bank might make you close your account and invest your money somewhere else.

The noun corruption comes from Latin — com, meaning "with, together," and rumpere, meaning "to break." Engaging in corruption can "break" or destroy someone's trustworthiness and good reputation with others. For example, news of corruption in the mayor's office might cause shock and lead to the election of a new mayor. When you corrupt something that is pure or honest, you take away those qualities. That's why "corruption of minors" is a serious offense in our legal system.

Primary Meanings of corruption

1.
n
lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
2.
n
inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by commiting a felony)
3.
n
decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)
Full Definitions of corruption
1

n lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain

Synonyms:
corruptness
Antonyms:
incorruption, incorruptness
characterized by integrity or probity
Types:
infection
moral corruption or contamination
venality
prostitution of talents or offices or services for reward
jobbery
corruptness among public officials
Type of:
dishonesty
the quality of being dishonest

n moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

“the luxury and corruption among the upper classes”
Synonyms:
degeneracy, depravation, depravity, putrefaction
Type of:
immorality
the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct

n destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity

corruption of a minor”
Synonyms:
subversion
Type of:
debasement, degradation
changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
2

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”
Type of:
inducement, inducing
act of bringing about a desired result
3

n decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)

Type of:
decay
the process of gradually becoming inferior

n a state of progressive putrefaction

Synonyms:
putrescence, putridness, rottenness
Type of:
putrefaction, rot
a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor

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