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.

Definitions of corruption
  1. noun
    lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
    synonyms: corruptness
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    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
  2. noun
    moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles
    “the luxury and corruption among the upper classes”
    synonyms: degeneracy, depravation, depravity, putrefaction
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    type of:
    immorality
    the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct
  3. noun
    destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity
    corruption of a minor”
    synonyms: subversion
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    type of:
    debasement, degradation
    changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
  4. noun
    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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    type of:
    inducement, inducing
    act of bringing about a desired result
  5. noun
    decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)
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    type of:
    decay
    the process of gradually becoming inferior
  6. noun
    a state of progressive putrefaction
    synonyms: putrescence, putridness, rottenness
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    type of:
    putrefaction, rot
    a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor
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