n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The ancient concept of corruption : a platonic interpretation

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The word "corruption" may carry a multitude of meanings such as the following: to destroy; to ruin; to falsify; to turn from a sound into an unsound impure condition; to make rotten; to render morally unsound; to pervert; to induce one to act dishonestly or unfaithfully; to make venal; to cause someone changed from the naturally sound condition; the destruction or spoiling of anything; the perversion of anything from an original state of purity; moral deterioration; depravity; putrefaction. Corruption once had a much broader meaning than it does today.

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