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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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In his eyes, the university was made up of "corruptionists," "draft dodgers," "two-bit thieves" and "butterfly chasers," according to a historical account compiled by what is now the Texas Exes.
However, there is a reason for the special district -- even though like many other useful institutions it has been grossly perverted, not only by corruptionists, but also by well-meaning people who have seen in it a safeguard against overweening power.