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adjective    /kəˈrʌpt/
dishonest and willing to use your position or power to your own advantage, esp. for money: It’s been called the most politically corrupt city in the nation. Corrupt also means bad: Your philosophy is corrupt. corruption    /kəˈrʌp·ʃən/ noun [U] political corruption
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