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for Corruption of blood
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Corruption \Cor*rup"tion\ (k?r-r?p"sh?n), n. [F. corruption, L.
1. The act of corrupting or making putrid, or state of being
corrupt or putrid; decomposition or disorganization, in
the process of putrefaction; putrefaction; deterioration.
The inducing and accelerating of putrefaction is a
subject of very universal inquiry; for corruption is
a reciprocal to "generation". --Bacon.
2. The product of corruption; putrid matter.
3. The act of corrupting or of impairing integrity, virtue,
or moral principle; the state of being corrupted or
debased; loss of purity or integrity; depravity;
wickedness; impurity; bribery.
It was necessary, by exposing the gross corruptions
of monasteries, . . . to exite popular indignation
against them. --Hallam.
They abstained from some of the worst methods of
corruption usual to their party in its earlier days.
Note: Corruption, when applied to officers, trustees, etc.,
signifies the inducing a violation of duty by means of
pecuniary considerations. --Abbott.
4. The act of changing, or of being changed, for the worse;
departure from what is pure, simple, or correct; as, a
corruption of style; corruption in language.
Corruption of blood (Law), taint or impurity of blood, in
consequence of an act of attainder of treason or felony,
by which a person is disabled from inheriting any estate
or from transmitting it to others.
Corruption of blood can be removed only by act of
Syn: Putrescence; putrefaction; defilement; contamination;
deprivation; debasement; adulteration; depravity; taint.
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
CORRUPTION OF BLOOD,, English crim. law. The incapacity to inherit, or pass
an inheritance, in consequence of an attainder to which the party has been
2. When this consequence flows from an attainder, the party is stripped
of all honors and dignities he possessed, and becomes ignoble.
3. The Constitution of the United States, Amendm. art. 5, provides,
that no person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous
crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in
cases arising in the land or naval, forces, or in the militia, when in
actual service in time of war or public danger" and by art. 3, s. 3, n. 2,
it is declared that "no attainder of treason shall work. corruption of
blood, or forfeiture, except during the life of the person attainted."
4. The Constitution of Pennsylvania, art. 9, s. 19, directs that "no
attainder shall work corruption of blood." 3 Cruise, 240, 378 to 381, 473 1
Cruise, 52 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 740; 4 Bl. Com. 388.
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