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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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