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CORRUPTION. An act done with an intent to give some advantage inconsistent with official duty and the rights of others. It includes bribery, but is more comprehensive; because an act may be corruptly done, though the advantage to be derived from it be not offered by another. Merl. Rep. h.t.
     2. By corruption, sometimes, is understood something against law; as, a contract by which the borrower agreed to pay the lender usurious interest. It is said, in such case, that it was corruptly agreed, &c.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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We know that, when the bodily constitution is gone, life is no longer endurable, though pampered with all kinds of meats and drinks, and having all wealth and all power; and shall we be told that when the very essence of the vital principle is undermined and corrupted, life is still worth having to a man, if only he be allowed to do whatever he likes with the single exception that he is not to acquire justice and virtue, or to escape from injustice and vice; assuming them both to be such as we have described?
She said that some officers of the commission have colluded, taken bribes and corrupted the examination system.
As to the question of how many they are, I can affirmatively state that they are more than the corrupted at all levels of public service and other sectors.
Foremost of said concerns are the corrupted Secure Digital (SD) cards reported to them by their field personnel as of 6 p.m.
Three days before the midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reported that around 500 Secure Digital (SD) cards were found to be corrupted.
He said the public generally considered corruption as a bad and horrible practice, but those who were corrupted would hide it as they realised that it was against both the law and religion.