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corruption

noun uk   us   /kəˈrʌp.ʃən/

corruption noun (BAD BEHAVIOUR)

C1 [U] illegal, bad, or dishonest behaviour, especially by people in positions of power: The film is about a young police officer and his struggle to expose corruption in the force. Political corruption is widespread throughout the country.
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corruption noun (CHANGED WORD)

[C] in language, a word whose original form has been changed: The swear word "bloody" is wrongly thought by some to be a corruption of the words "by our Lady".

corruption noun (ON COMPUTER)

[U] the fact of information on a computer being changed so that it is wrong and cannot be used: data corruption
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