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Corruption vs Alteration - What's the difference?

corruption | alteration |

As nouns the difference between corruption and alteration

is that corruption is the act of corrupting or of impairing integrity, virtue, or moral principle; the state of being corrupted or debased; loss of purity or integrity; depravity; wickedness; impurity; bribery while alteration is alteration.



  • The act of corrupting or of impairing integrity, virtue, or moral principle; the state of being corrupted or debased; loss of purity or integrity; depravity; wickedness; impurity; bribery.
  • * (Henry Hallam) The Constitutional History of England
  • It was necessary, by exposing the gross corruptions of monasteries, . . . to exite popular indignation against them.
  • * (George Bancroft)
  • They abstained from some of the worst methods of corruption usual to their party in its earlier days.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2006, author=(Edwin Black), title=Internal Combustion
  • , chapter=1 citation , passage=But electric vehicles and the batteries that made them run became ensnared in corporate scandals, fraud, and monopolistic corruption that shook the confidence of the nation and inspired automotive upstarts.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Gary Younge)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution , passage=WikiLeaks did not cause these uprisings but it certainly informed them. The dispatches revealed details of corruption and kleptocracy that many Tunisians suspected, but could not prove, and would cite as they took to the streets.}}
  • The act of corrupting or making putrid, or state of being corrupt or putrid; decomposition or disorganization, in the process of putrefaction; putrefaction; deterioration.
  • The product of corruption; putrid matter.
  • The decomposition of biological matter.
  • Bribing.
  • (computing) The destruction of data by manipulation of parts of it, either by deliberate or accidental human action or by imperfections in storage or transmission media.
  • The act of changing, or of being changed, for the worse; departure from what is pure, simple, or correct; as, a corruption of style; corruption in language.
  • (linguistics) A debased or nonstandard form of a word, expression, or text, resulting from misunderstanding, transcription error, mishearing, etc.
  • Something that is evil but is supposed to be good.
  • * (Francis Bacon)
  • The inducing and accelerating of putrefaction is a subject of very universal inquiry; for corruption is a reciprocal to generation.

    Usage notes

    * Corruption, when applied to officers, trustees, etc., signifies the inducing a violation of duty by means of pecuniary considerations. — (Abbott)


    * (act of corrupting or making putrid) adulteration, contamination, debasement, defilement, dirtying, soiling, tainting * (state of being corrupt or putrid) decay, decomposition, deterioration, putrefaction, rotting * decay, putrescence, rot * (sense) * (state of being corrupted or debased) debasement, depravity, evil, impurity, sinfulness, wickedness * (act of changing for the worse) deterioration, worsening * (act of being changed for the worse) destroying, ruining, spoiling * (departure from what is pure or correct) deterioration, erosion * bastardization

    Derived terms

    * corruption of blood (Webster 1913) ----




    (en noun)
  • The act of altering or making different.
  • * 1594 , , Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity ,
  • alteration , though it be from worse to better, hath in it inconveniences…
  • The state of being altered; a change made in the form or nature of a thing; changed condition.
  • * 1892 , ,
  • …and I saw by the alteration in your face that a train of thought had been started.
    (Webster 1913)