Keynote speech: corruption
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To offer or quote definitions may seem a trite way to begin. But the process can illustrate the way in which a word changes its meaning or, perhaps more frequently, acquires in different contexts or periods new meanings or overtones that do not entirely displace the earlier meaning. In the present case varying definitions suggest an element of commonality which turns out to be useful. Lying behind the word is the concept of an ideal from which we have fallen away, a concept of propriety which impropriety counters.