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corruption

noun
     
cor‧rup‧tion
1 [uncountable] dishonest, illegal, or immoral behaviour, especially from someone with power:
officials charged with bribery and corruption
The investigation uncovered widespread corruption within the police force.
2 [countable usually singular] technical a changed form of something, for example a word:
The word 'Thursday' is a corruption of 'Thor's Day'.

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