Part of speech: noun

The act of corrupting; rottenness; decay; dishonesty; bribery.

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Usage examples "corruption":

  1. It is perhaps amongst all European countries that nation in which there is the best public instruction and the least corruption. - "Holland, v. 1 (of 2)", Edmondo de Amicis.
  2. A boy who grows up in an atmosphere of openly accepted corruption will inevitably lack sensitiveness of moral perception. - "Frank H. Nelson of Cincinnati", Warren C. Herrick.
  3. And having failed to reform anything on the Arrowhead, she looked abroad for more plastic corruption as you might say. - "Ma Pettengill", Harry Leon Wilson.