Vocabulary for TOEFL – Government Corruption

Vocabulary for TOEFL – Government Corruption


Bribery — Integrity —  Cynically — Prevalent — Erode — Reform  —Evade — Scandal — Grotesque — Unmask


  • Definisi: bribery n Giving money or other gifts to a government official or other person in authority in order to get special privileges (Parts of speech: bribe v, bribe n)
  • Contoh: Bribery of police officers is common in countries  where police salaries are very low.


  • Definisi: cynically adv. Disrespectfully; emphasizing the weaknesses of other-wise respected things (Parts of speech: cynic n, cynicism n, cynical adj)
  • Contoh: Employees of the Roadways Department cynically referred to their boss as “the banker” because he took so many bribes.


  • Definisi:  erode v.   To wear away and become smaller  (Parts of speech: erosion n, erosive ad j)
  • Contoh: People’s respect for the government eroded as more officials were arrested for corruption.
  • Tips: Erode can be intransitive (the beach eroded) or transitive (the waves eroded the beach).


  • Definisi: evade v.   To get away from something that tries to catch you
  • Contoh: The robbery suspects tried to evade the police by fleeing to Canada. Parts of speech evasion n, evasive adj


  • Definisi: grotesque adj. Extremely unattractive, in a way that catches a lot of attention.
  • Contoh: Spending $3.5 million to redecorate the governor’s house is a grotesque misuse of public money.


  • Definisi: integrity n.   Personal honesty and good character
  • Contoh: We don’t have a problem with our employees stealing from the store because we hire only people with a lot of integrity.


  • Definisi: prevalent adj.   Common; easy to find because it exists in great amounts (Parts of speech: prevail v, prevalence n)
  • Contoh:  Distrust of elected officials was prevalent in our county because many of them were friends with certain candidates.


  • Definisi: reform v.   To make big improvements (Parts of speech: reform n, reformer n)
  • Contoh: The new law was an attempt to reform the system of giving money to political candidates.


  • Definisi: scandal n.   A case of wrongdoing that hurts someone’s reputation (Parts of speech: scandalize v, scandalous adj)
  • Contoh: In the Watergate scandal, some of the president’s top advisors were revealed to be criminals.


  • Definisi: unmask v.   Reveal; expose something that is hidden
  • Contoh: The Forge Trucking Company was eventually unmasked as a front for organized crime.

Latihan Persioan TOEFL 1: Find the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to the opposite of each word in the left-hand column. Write the let-ter in the blank.

  • ……..1. Cynically ——- (a) respectfully
  • ……..2. evade——- (b) corruption
  • ……..3. integrity——- (c) cover up
  • ……..4. prevalent——- (d) uncommon
  • ……..5. unmask——- (e) get caught

Latihan Persiapan TOEFL 2: Circle the word that best completes each sentence.

  • 1. The president resigned because a (scandal / bribery) made it impossi-ble for him to lead.
  • 2. Laws that let the police monitor criminals can (erode / evade) the pri-vacy of innocent citizens too.
  • 3. After Downforth Castle was bought by apartment developers, it be-came a (prevalent / grotesque) jumble of poorly built additions.
  • 4. In some places, people who are pulled over for traffic offenses use (scandal / bribery) to avoid getting a ticket.
  • 5. President Carazza came to office promising (reform / integrity) of the prison system.

Latihan Persiapan TOEFL 3: Read the passage to review the vocabulary you have learned. Answer the questions that follow.

In many countries, few politicians have enough integrity to resist corruption and bribery. Because such practices are so prevalent, officials often evade any personal sense of guilt by pretending that everyone is just as corrupt as they are. Even in cases of really grotesque corruption, the kind that might cause a scandal in a less-corrupt government, the general population may not be shocked. Instead, they may cynically conclude that government corruption is natural and un-avoidable. In this environment, the efforts of an honest politician to unmask corruption may be eroded by the public’s lack of interest, causing any efforts at reform to fail

1. Why do people in some countries not react negatively to corruption?

  • A. because they feel it cannot be avoided
  • B. because they want reform
  • C. because almost everyone in the government is corrupt
  • D. because they have paid money to gain influence

2. What effect might a small scandal have in a country where government corruption is not typical?

  • A. It could make someone very popular.
  • B. It could cause a politician to become cynical.
  • C. It could cost a lot of money.
  • D. It could cause a government official to lose his or her position.

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