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English noun: corruption

1. corruption (attribute) lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain


Synonymscorruptness


Broader (hypernym)dishonesty


Narrower (hyponym)infection, jobbery, venality


Attributecorrupt, incorrupt


Antonymsincorruption, incorruptness

2. corruption (state) in a state of progressive putrefaction


Synonymsputrescence, putridness, rottenness


Broader (hypernym)putrefaction, rot

3. corruption (process) decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)


Broader (hypernym)decay

4. corruption (attribute) moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles


SamplesThe luxury and corruption among the upper classes.
Moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration.
Its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity.
Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction.


Synonymsdegeneracy, depravation, depravity, putrefaction


Broader (hypernym)immorality

5. corruption (act) destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity


SamplesCorruption of a minor.
The big city's subversion of rural innocence.


Synonymssubversion


Broader (hypernym)debasement, degradation

6. corruption (act) inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by commiting a felony)


SamplesHe was held on charges of corruption and racketeering.


Broader (hypernym)inducement, inducing









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