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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


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.


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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