brib·​ery | \ ˈbrī-b(ə-)rē How to pronounce bribery (audio) \
plural briberies

Definition of bribery

: the act or practice of giving or taking a bribe

Examples of bribery in a Sentence

They were arrested on charges of bribery.

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Mr Fujimori governed as a dictator and resorted to systematic bribery. The Economist, "The price of electing saviours in Latin America," 27 June 2018 As previously reported, Lori was among a list of parents accused of using bribery and cheating to get their children into prestigious universities. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Isabella Giannulli Deleted Her Instagram Account Amid College Admissions Investigation," 18 Apr. 2019 Messengers would try negotiation and compromise, but threats, coercion, and bribery often worked better. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 Lori Loughlin has been facing a major scandal after news surfaced that she was indicted for her involvement in a massive college bribery scheme. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Did Candace Cameron Bure Just Make a Public Statement About Lori Loughlin?," 25 Mar. 2019 Full House actress Lori Loughlin was one of the 50 people charged in a nationwide college admissions bribery plot involving some of the country's most elite schools. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Read Lori Loughlin's Bizarre Wiretapped Phone Conversation With College Admissions Scammer," 13 Mar. 2019 Here’s a Mad Libs-level mélange of seemingly unrelated subjects: Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin, Ivy League colleges and bribery. Vogue, "The Craziest Details From the College Cheating Scandal That Got Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Charged," 12 Mar. 2019 Snyder received an additional bribery indictment for alleged accepting $13,000 in connection with a Board of Works Contract, and allegedly obstructing internal revenue laws. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Prosecutors defend process used to screen indicted Portage mayor's emails," 25 June 2018 In February, police recommended her husband be indicted on charges of corruption and bribery. NBC News, "Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli PM, charged with fraud," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of bribery

1549, in the meaning defined above

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brib·​ery | \ ˈbrī-bə-rē How to pronounce bribery (audio) \
plural briberies

Kids Definition of bribery

: the act of giving or taking a bribe


plural briberies

Legal Definition of bribery

: the crime of giving or taking a bribe

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a strong desire or propensity

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