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noun [uncountable] corruption pronunciation in British English /kəˈrʌpʃ(ə)n/ 
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  1. 1
    dishonest or illegal behaviour by officials or people in positions of power, especially when they accept money in exchange for doing things for someone

    The bank was closed down amid allegations of corruption and fraud.

    the arrest of a number of officials on corruption charges

  2. 2
    the process of corrupting someone or something

    corruption of the morals of the young

    corruption of the database

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