Corrúption. n.s. [corruptio, Lat.]
- The principle by which bodies tend to the separation of their parts.
- Wickedness; perversion of principles; loss of integrity.
Precepts of morality, besides the natural corruption of our tempers, which makes us averse to them, are so abstracted from ideas of sense, that they seldom get an opportunity for descriptions and images. Addison's Essay on the Georgicks.
Amidst corruption, luxury and rage,
Still leave some ancient virtue's to our age. Pope.
The wise contriver, on his end intent,
Careful this fatal errour to prevent,
And keep the waters from corruption free,
Mix'd them with salt, and season'd all the sea. Blackmore.
- Matter or pus in a sore.
- The means by which any thing is vitiated; depravation.
After my death I wish no other herald,
No other speaker of my living actions,
To keep mine honour from corruption,
But such an honest chronicler as Griffith. Shak. Hen. VIII.
The region hath by conquest, and corruption of other languages, received new and differing names. Raleigh's History.
All those four kinds of corruption are very common in their language; for which reasons the Greek tongue is become much altered. Brerewood on Language.
- [In law.] An infection growing to a man attainted of felony or treason, and to his issue: for as he loseth all to the prince, or other lord of the fee, so his issue cannot be heir to him, or to any other ancestor, of whom they might have claimed by him; and if he were noble, or a gentleman, he and his children are made ignoble and ungentle, in respect of the father. Cowel.