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  1. cor·rup·tion
    IPA[kəˈrəpSH(ə)n]
  2. n. noun

    • 1. dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery:

      the journalist who wants to expose corruption in high places
      Synonym : dishonesty, unscrupulousness, double-dealing, fraud, fraudulence, misconduct, crime, criminality, wrongdoing, bribery, venality, extortion, profiteering, payola, graft, grift, crookedness, sleaze
    • 2. the action of making someone or something morally depraved or the state of being so:

      the word “addict” conjures up evil and corruption
      Synonym : immorality, depravity, vice, degeneracy, perversion, debauchery, dissoluteness, decadence, wickedness, evil, sin, sinfulness, ungodliness, turpitude
    • 3. decay; putrefaction:

      the potato turned black and rotten with corruption
    • 4. the process by which something, typically a word or expression, is changed from its original use or meaning to one that is regarded as erroneous or debased.

      Synonym : alteration, bastardization, debasement, adulteration
    • 5. the process of causing errors to appear in a computer program or database.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: corruption, plural noun: corruptions

    • noun

      dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery:

      the action or effect of making someone or something morally depraved.

    • adjective

      designed to eradicate or prevent dishonest or fraudulent conduct, especially in a political context:
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