(redirected from corruptly)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely

The more powerful one is, the more unscrupulous one becomes. A: "I never should have appointed him head of the committee." B: "You need to call him in for a meeting before he thinks that he can do whatever he wants. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

absolute power corrupts absolutely

One who holds unchecked power or authority is likely to become corrupt or abuse one's position. This phrase is usually attributed to 19th-century historian Lord Acton. He really started abusing the authority of his office when he was promoted to CEO. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Prov. One who has total authority is very likely to abuse his position. (This phrase was used by the British historian Lord Acton: "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.") We thought that Johnson would be a responsible mayor, but within a year of taking office, he was as bad as all the rest. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
References in periodicals archive ?
that to act corruptly is "'to act with the specific intent to secure an unlawful advantage or benefit.
A corruptly managed co-op, like a coyote, can mask the real price of coffees from individual farmers.
The ruling Fatah faction of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas governed corruptly, ineffectually, and until the death in 2004 of founder Yasser Arafat, dictatorially.
There's another problem and that is the fact that even the international world has developed values of wanting to deal corruptly when it cuts deals with people from the developing world,"
Chambers and Green were each sentenced to a three-and-a-half-year jail sentence in 2002 for corruptly accepting inducements.
And civil society organizations were needed to deter regimes from corruptly incurring foreign debt.
fixing investigations, Wall was involved in the trial of Bob Harrington, who was found guilty of corruptly soliciting pounds 2,000 for Wall.
4 (autumn 1995):24; and Stephanie Martz, "Legalized Gambling and Public Corruption: Removing the Incentives to Act Corruptly, or, Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks," Journal of Law and Politics 13, (Spring 1997): 458.
In many cases, the debt was incurred corruptly but is now the responsibility of reform governments and citizens that had nothing to do with how it was run up.
Deposits of corruptly acquired money are returned to financial institutions in richer countries.
Martiono has speeded up the process of Pertamina taking over corruptly acquired shares of local partners in foreign-operated E&P ventures.
interstate commerce corruptly in furtherance of an offer or promise to give "anything of value," with the intention of influencing a foreign government official or party candidate or officer to help the company obtain or retain business for itself or someone else.
was sentenced in the Southern District of California to corruptly obstructing and impeding the Internal Revenue Service.
The particulars of the offence against the two were that between October 1, 2008, and December 2010, with Oyombra, Hamisi and Kibwana, they corruptly agreed to make payments to IIEC officials.
The prosecution wants to charge Mr Barasa with three counts of corruptly, or attempting to corruptly influence witness P-0336 "by offering him between Sh1 million and Sh1.