Middle English Dictionary Entry

corrupciǒun n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

1.
(a) Destruction, disintegration; oxidation (of metals); (b) a destructive power or agent.
2.
(a) Disintegration, disorganization, deterioration; a morbid condition, disease, or infection; distemper of the 'humors'; (b) decomposed matter; pus, rot; (c) dissolution, decay of the body (after death).
3.
Contamination; pollution (of water), infection (of air), adulteration (of wine); debasement (of a term).
4.
(a) Moral or spiritual contamination (as by doing wrong), or an instance of it; ~ of sinne, ~ of vice; immoral conduct, sinning; a sin; the original ~, original sin; (b) sexual intercourse; fleshli ~; esp., violation of chastity; (c) withoute ~, without any fault or weakness.
5.
(a) Something that corrupts conduct, such as bribery; (b) a corrupting influence or agent; (c) destructive nature, savagery.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?c1400(1379) *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.18ra (1.4) : Ouerdone reste & ese maken þat superfluytes & corupcions of wikede humores gendren in þe body and ar cause þat þe body may noʒt delyuer him of hem.
Note: Additional quot. Editor's gloss: 'rotting, putrefaction, infection'.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. corruption.