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- 1. corruptness, corruption, dishonesty
- usage: lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
- 2. putrescence, putridness, rottenness, corruption, putrefaction, rot
- usage: in a state of progressive putrefaction
- 3. corruption, decay
- usage: decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)
- 4. corruption, degeneracy, depravation, depravity, putrefaction, immorality
- usage: 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"; "Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction"
- 5. corruption, subversion, degradation, debasement
- usage: 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. corruption, inducement, inducing
- usage: 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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