Meaning of “corruption” in the English Dictionary

"corruption" in British English

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corruptionnoun

uk /kəˈrʌp.ʃən/ 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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  • The investigation revealed political chicanery and corruption at the highest levels.
  • It's a clear case of corruption.
  • He caught the public imagination as a crusader against corruption.
  • Recent discoveries about corruption have done serious damage to the company's reputation.
  • He resigned from the committee in disgust at the corruption.

(Definition of “corruption” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"corruption" in Business English

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corruptionnoun [ U ]

uk /kəˈrʌpʃən/ us

dishonest or illegal behaviour involving a person in a position of power, for example, accepting money for doing something illegal or immoral:

He was a member of the team looking into allegations of corruption in the local government building-works department.
Aragon pleaded not guilty to all corruption charges.
In some of these markets corruption is rife.

IT the fact of information on a computer being damaged in some way and not able to be used:

data corruption

(Definition of “corruption” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)