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Dictionary definition for: Corruption

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

2. (n) in a state of progressive putrefaction

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

4. (n) moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes" "moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration" "its brothels; its opium parlors; its depravity"

5. (n) destroying someone''s (or some group''s) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity; "corruption of a minor" "the big city''s subversion of rural innocence"

6. (n) 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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