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Synonyms for corruption

Synonyms for corruption

departure from what is legally, ethically, and morally correct

a term that offends against established usage standards

Synonyms for corruption

lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery)

in a state of progressive putrefaction

decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)

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moral perversion

destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty


inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by commiting a felony)

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To have required the unanimous ratification of the thirteen States, would have subjected the essential interests of the whole to the caprice or corruption of a single member.
It is the maudlin sentiment which creeps like corruption through the body of a dying country.
One by one he was led to attack also other fundamental doctrines and institutions of the Church--transubstantiation, the temporal possessions of the Church, the Papacy, and at last, for their corruption, the four orders of friars.
The Seven Deadly Sins and their fatal fruits are emphasized, and in the later forms of the poem the corruptions of wealth and the Church are indignantly denounced, with earnest pleading for the religion of practical social love to all mankind.
Such prevalence had money in this family; and though the mistress would have turned away her maid for a corrupt hussy, if she had known as much as the reader, yet she was no more proof against corruption herself than poor Susan had been.
And I shall know that I must die, at sea most likely, cease crawling of myself to be all a-crawl with the corruption of the sea; to be fed upon, to be carrion, to yield up all the strength and movement of my muscles that it may become strength and movement in fin and scale and the guts of fishes.
I became acquainted with the science of anatomy, but this was not sufficient; I must also observe the natural decay and corruption of the human body.
Pursuing these reflections, I thought that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless matter, I might in process of time (although I now found it impossible) renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption.
My good fellow," he said, "you have made yourself a notorious person in this country by dint of incessant bullying and bribing and corruption of every sort.
The advocates for the stage have, in all ages, made this the great argument to persuade people that their plays are useful, and that they ought to be allowed in the most civilised and in the most religious government; namely, that they are applied to virtuous purposes, and that by the most lively representations, they fail not to recommend virtue and generous principles, and to discourage and expose all sorts of vice and corruption of manners; and were it true that they did so, and that they constantly adhered to that rule, as the test of their acting on the theatre, much might be said in their favour.
If I doubted, should I cast away relatives, friends, everything, for this unhappy country's sake; this unhappy country,' he cried, springing up in bed, after repeating the phrase 'unhappy country's sake' to himself, at least a dozen times, 'forsaken of God and man, delivered over to a dangerous confederacy of Popish powers; the prey of corruption, idolatry, and despotism
Presents are made to the Boffin servants, and bland strangers with business- cards meeting said servants in the street, offer hypothetical corruption.
The TE[pounds sterling]SyAD report was prepared in order to raise awareness about corruption and to call for taking measures against graft.
According to those included in the survey, some of the reasons for the rampant corruption are the low wages of civil servants, the inefficiency of the authorities tasked with fighting corruption, the long and sluggish administrative procedures, the ambiguous rules leaving vast space for manipulation, and the low public awareness.
Riyadh, March 15 (ONA) The Sultanate, represented by the State Financial and Administrative Audit Institution (SFAAI) is taking part in the 1st International Anti-Corruption Conference, organized by the National Authority for Combating Corruption on "Anti-corruption: Everyone's Responsibility," which is being held in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.