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The word corrupt (Middle English, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, to destroy : com-, intensive pref. and rumpere, to break) when used as an adverb literally means "utterly broken".[1] In modern English usage the words corruption and corrupt have many meanings:

  • Political corruption: the abuse of public power, office, or resources by government officials or employees for personal gain, e.g. by extortion, soliciting or offering bribes.[2]
  • Corporate corruption: corporate criminality and the abuse of power by corporation officials, either internally or externally.
  • Putrefaction: the natural process of decomposition in the human and animal body following death.
  • Data corruption: an unintended change to data in storage or in transit.
  • Linguistic corruption: the change in meaning to a language or a text introduced by cumulative errors in transcription as changes in the language speakers' comprehension.
  • Bribery in politics, business, or sport (including match fixing).
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Quotes about Corruption


(in alphabetic order, by author)

  • "Corruption is stealing from the poor."
    - Anon
  • "Rest assured knowing justice exists only as the divergence between what we know, and what we believe."
    - Anon
  • "I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it."
    Ashleigh Brilliant
  • "It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power."
    David Brin
  • "Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist."
    "Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver."
    Edmund Burke
  • "Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase."
    Charles Caleb Colton
  • "Corruption of the best becomes the worst." – "Corruptio optimi pessima."
    latin proverb
  • "Money and Corruption Are ruining the land Crooked politicians Betray the working man, Pocketing the profits And treating us like sheep, And we're tired of hearing promises That we know they'll never keep."
    Ray Davies
  • "Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today."
    Mahatma Gandhi
  • "Corruption ought not to be an inevitable product of democracy."
    -Mahatma Gandhi
  • "Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both."
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • "The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference."
    Bess Myerson
  • "The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • "I don't doubt that we suffer from a plentiful dose of corruption. But I doubt not less that people, who otherwise don't miss anything else can go on living and even prospering well."
    José Ortega y Gasset (attributed)
  • "But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought."
    George Orwell
  • "Power does not corrupt men. Fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power."
    George Bernard Shaw
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Simple English

Corruption is a system that starts out good but somehow goes wrong. It could be an entire government doing what they say is good, but instead oppress people, or even a computer program which either gets technical malfunctions or gets infected with a computer virus.

Corruption in a government often is hidden from the people of that country.


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