Wrongdoing on the part of an authority or powerful party through means that are illegitimate, immoral, or incompatible with ethical standards. Corruption often results from patronage and is associated with bribery.

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  • The corruption in the local government in Washington, D.C. reached its peak during the long term of office of Mayor Marion Berry.

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  • Corruption such as bribery and misuse of funds can result in the failure of a government to provide basic services.

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  • Accusations of corruption were being lodged at the police chiefs in the town, they were using suspicion tactics and over-extending their authority by keeping suspected criminals detained for long periods of time

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