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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Hayashi, who became university president in September following her predecessor’s resignation over a bribery allegation that led to exposure of the exam manipulation, said she was shocked by the large number of women who were denied entry. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Japan med school to admit dozens of unfairly rejected women," 7 Nov. 2018 Authorities have said the bribery allegations were discovered during a larger, unrelated federal investigation, though prosecutors have declined to reveal its focus. Fox News, "US drops bribery case against ex-Arizona utility regulator," 8 Aug. 2018 Members of Parliament also cited bribery allegations against one of CCCC’s units in Bangladesh. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "Canada Blocks Chinese Takeover on Security Concerns," 23 May 2018 The last federal official impeached by the House was U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr., who was convicted by the Senate in 2010 on bribery allegations., "Trump escalates GOP's clash with Justice Department," 2 May 2018 The charge was considerably less severe than the initial fraud and bribery counts the government leveled against him. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Tracking Graft, From the Bootlegger to the Mayor," 27 Apr. 2018 Richard Nixon commuted the sentence of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, who’d been convicted of fraud and bribery. Steve Kurtz, Fox News, "Before Trump pardoned Scooter Libby: A look back at presidential pardons," 13 Apr. 2018 He was indicted last year on nine counts of fraud and bribery. Scott Dance,, "Former Sen. Oaks appears at Baltimore delegation meeting — a day after resignation and guilty plea," 30 Mar. 2018 And a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo was convicted on fraud and bribery charges in a federal corruption case on Tuesday. NBC News, "First Read’s Morning Clips: About last night," 14 Mar. 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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