• WordNet 3.6
    • n corruptness lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
    • n corruptness the state of being corrupt
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name Santa Claus is a corruption of the Dutch dialect name for Saint Nicholas Sint Klass.
    • n Corruptness The quality of being corrupt.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Virginia Code (1930) has a statute: "To prohibit corrupt practices or bribery by any person other than candidates."
    • n corruptness The state of being corrupt; putrid state; corruption.
    • n corruptness A state of moral impurity: as, the corruptness of a judge.
    • n corruptness A vitiated state; debasement; impurity: as, the corruptness of language.
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  • Plato
    “Philosophy is an elegant thing, if anyone modestly meddles with it; but if they are conversant with it more than is becoming, it corrupts them.”
  • James F. Cooper
    “Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party.”
  • Adlai E. Stevenson
    “Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.”
  • Lord Acton
    Lord Acton
    “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
  • William Gaddis
    William Gaddis
    “Power doesn't corrupt people, people corrupt power.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    “In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes.”


In literature:

He says that 'if he has corrupted the youth, he must have corrupted them involuntarily.
"Apology Also known as "The Death of Socrates"" by Plato
Three higher principles may be brought to bear on all these corrupt natures.
"Laws" by Plato
To secure this they financed the machines and permitted vice and corruption.
"The Vision Spendid" by William MacLeod Raine
The Erewhonians had caught many of these, sometimes corrupting them so that they were hardly recognizable.
"Erewhon Revisited" by Samuel Butler
They corrupted him thoroughly, the poor old boy.
"Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard" by Joseph Conrad
It led, they declared, to wordy battles, to quarrels, to splits, to uncertainties, to doubts, to corruptions.
"History of the Moravian Church" by J. E. Hutton
Brisbane then was not yet submerged in the swamp of political corruption.
"Anarchism and Other Essays" by Emma Goldman
There are, indeed, still malecontents; and they may be divided into two classes, the friends of corruption and the sowers of sedition.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
It is indeed their greatest and sometimes their incurable corruption.
"Thoughts on the Present Discontents and Speeches" by Edmund Burke
Another difficulty or impossibility to our salvation rises out of the awful corruption and pollution of our hearts.
"Bunyan Characters - Third Series The Holy War" by Alexander Whyte

In poetry:

When Earth in gold-corruption lies
Long dead, the moon-worm butterflies
On cyclone wings will reach this place—
Yea, rear their brood on earth’s dead face.
"What The Hyena Said" by Vachel Lindsay
Let but one spark thy thatch attain,
The flames will o'er thy house soon reign:
Let one bad thought possess thy soul,
'Twill soon corrupt, and spoil the whole.
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
But woe! that corruption, which ruins us all
Has dropt in the honeycup wormwood and gall,
And many an Adam and many an Eve
In hot married misery grumble and grieve.
"The Workman's Wife: (A Ballad," by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Peace is happiness, but war is our plight
Under the heavens. He — prince of the night,
Severe captain— and the World's vanity
Work for our corruption diligently.
"Sonnet IV" by Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski
Corrupt in nature, we are all, alas!
The sons of wrath, a hell-devoted race!
'Till Christ the sons of wrath shall kindly take,
And them the sons of God and mercy make.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
God took him to Himself, with meaning kind,
Ere sin had time his morals to defile,
Or evil converse cou'd corrupt his mind,
Or hurt his fame, by slanders dark and vile.
"Advice To A Woman, Not To Grieve Too Much For The Death Of Her Child" by Rees Prichard

In news:

New corruption trial ordered for Peru's Fujimori.
Puppets Act Out Corruption Case.
Seven Republicans are being sentenced this week for corruption -a former Pennsylvania House Speaker, two of his relatives, and others who worked for him.
Ten of 12 Democrats have already been sentenced on corruption charges, including a former House Democratic Whip.
Even before the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti was known for its poverty and corruption.
Corruption still rife in Chicago years after Al Capone .
Mary Karr, who has written three, says memoirs are "a corrupt form, based on memory.".
From the early days of television and fears it would corrupt America's youth, to celebrations marking the two truly all-American holidays of Thanksgiving and 4 July.
NEW DELHI — From Facebook to fasting, from a crowd-sourcing Web site to a crowd-pulling yoga guru, India's campaign against corruption has taken many forms and enlisted millions of followers this year.
Former monitor says UN fired him for reporting corruption.
WASHINGTON – Twenty-five years after corrupt Wall Street highflier Gordon Gekko declared "greed is good" on the big screen, the actor who played him is revising the role to assist the FBI.
If she wants to be president, she has to channel the idealism of the boomers, and the sarcasm of Gen X , but focus them not on her enemies, or on the wrongs done to her, but on corruption in government.
The two-year investigation of the generic drug industry has resulted in more than a dozen criminal convictions, and investigators said today that more disclosures of wrongdoing and corruption were yet to come.
A more genteel political corruption.
Latest news on political corruption and arrests in NJ.

In science:

The results mentioned above mostly deal with worst-case errors, where the channel is considered to be an adversary that can corrupt any arbitrary fraction of symbols (with an upper bound on the maximum fraction of such errors).
Two Theorems in List Decoding
Grey level image of size 100 × 100 showing uncorrelated standard Gaussian noise, to which has been added an interesting ob ject (the pyramid in the middle, corrupted by noise).
Targeted Event Detection
Grey level image of size 100 × 100 showing uncorrelated standard Gaussian noise, to which has been added an interesting ob ject (the pyramid in the middle, corrupted by noise).
Targeted Event Detection
If some of the data points are corrupted by the adjacent conals, then the true linear polarization due to the core alone should be less than the observed.
Absolute emission altitude of pulsars: PSRs B1839+09, B1916+14 and B2111+46
Since its publication, the journal became inactive, and several symbols became corrupted on-line.
A procedure to Estimate the Fractal Dimension of Waveforms