Definition of corruption noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəˈrʌpʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrʌpʃn//
    Dishonest, Immoral
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  1. 1[uncountable] dishonest or illegal behaviour, especially of people in authority allegations of bribery and corruption The new district attorney has promised to fight police corruption. CollocationsCrimeCommitting a crime commit a crime/​a murder/​a violent assault/​a brutal killing/​an armed robbery/​fraud be involved in terrorism/​a suspected arson attack/​people smuggling/​human trafficking engage/​participate in criminal activity/​illegal practices/​acts of mindless vandalism steal somebody’s wallet/​purse/(British English) mobile phone/(North American English) cell phone rob a bank/​a person/​a tourist break into/ (British English) burgle/ (North American English) burglarize a house/​a home/​an apartment hijack a plane/​ship/​bus smuggle drugs/​weapons/​arms/​immigrants launder drug money (through something) forge documents/​certificates/​passports take/​accept/​pay somebody/​offer (somebody) a bribe run a phishing/​an email/​an Internet scamFighting crime combat/​fight crime/​terrorism/​corruption/​drug trafficking prevent/​stop credit-card fraud/​child abuse/​software piracy deter/​stop criminals/​burglars/​thieves/​shoplifters/​vandals reduce/​tackle/​crack down on knife/​gun/​violent/​street crime; (especially British English) antisocial behaviour foil a bank raid/​a terrorist plot help/​support/​protect the victims of crimeInvestigating crime report a crime/​a theft/​a rape/​an attack/(especially British English) an incident to the police witness the crime/​attack/​murder/​incident investigate a murder/(especially North American English) a homicide/​a burglary/​a robbery/​the alleged incident conduct/​launch/​pursue an investigation (into…); (especially British English) a police/​murder inquiry investigate/​reopen a criminal/​murder case examine/​investigate/​find fingerprints at the crime scene/​the scene of crime collect/​gather forensic evidence uncover new evidence/​a fraud/​a scam/​a plot/​a conspiracy/​political corruption/​a cache of weapons describe/​identify a suspect/​the culprit/​the perpetrator/​the assailant/​the attacker question/​interrogate a suspect/​witness solve/​crack the case See related entries: Dishonest, Immoral
  2. 2[uncountable] the act or effect of making somebody change from moral to immoral standards of behaviour He claimed that sex and violence on TV led to the corruption of young people.
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] the form of a word or phrase that has become changed from its original form in some way The word ‘holiday’ is a corruption of ‘holy day’.
  4. 4[uncountable] (computing) the process of causing errors to appear in data or a program Using a host-based file system may expose you to viruses and file corruption.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin corruptio(n-), from corrumpere ‘mar, bribe, destroy’, from cor- ‘altogether’ + rumpere ‘to break’.Extra examples He strongly attacked corruption and favouritism in the government. She was brought down by a corruption scandal. The corruption allegations proved false. This police unit was established to fight corruption. corruption among high-ranking government officials corruption in government There were allegations of bribery and corruption.
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