• IPA: /kəˈɹʌpʃən/


  1. The act of corrupting or of impairing integrity, virtue, or moral principle; the state of being corrupted or debased; loss of purity or integrity; depravity; wickedness; impurity; bribery.
    • The Constitutional History of England
      It was necessary, by exposing the gross corruptions of monasteries, . . . to exite popular indignation against them.
    • They abstained from some of the worst methods of corruption usual to their party in its earlier days.
  2. The act of corrupting or making putrid, or state of being corrupt or putrid; decomposition or disorganization, in the process of putrefaction; putrefaction; deterioration.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      The inducing and accelerating of putrefaction is a subject of very universal inquiry; for corruption is a reciprocal to generation.
  3. The product of corruption; putrid matter.
    • 1821, Charles Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer, volume 2, page 154:
      Think of wandering amid sepulchral ruins, of stumbling over the bones of the dead, of encountering what I cannot describe,—the horror of being among those who are neither the living or the dead;—those dark and shadowless things that sport themselves with the reliques of the dead, and feast and love amid corruption,—ghastly, mocking, and terrific.
  4. The decomposition of biological matter.
  5. The seeking of bribes.
  6. (computing) The destruction of data by manipulation of parts of it, either by deliberate or accidental human action or by imperfections in storage or transmission media.
  7. The act of changing, or of being changed, for the worse; departure from what is pure, simple, or correct.
    a corruption of style
    corruption in language
  8. (linguistics) A debased or nonstandard form of a word, expression, or text, resulting from misunderstanding, transcription error, mishearing, etc.
  9. Something originally good or pure that has turned evil or impure; a perversion.
Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Verderbnis
  • Russian: по́рченное
Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Datenschaden, Datenbeschädigung, Datenkorruption
  • Russian: поврежде́ние да́нных
  • German: Verfall
  • Russian: па́дание
  • German: Korruptel, Korruptele, verderbte Stelle
  • Portuguese: corruptela

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