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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Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel Richardson has reached an agreement with New York prosecutors to plead guilty to one count of federal funds bribery at a hearing later this month. John Marshall, The Seattle Times, "Arizona assistant agrees to plea deal on bribery charges," 7 Jan. 2019 Spokesman Shauna Aminath says police obtained the 14-hour warrant Saturday to search the office for documents or other evidence of bribery ahead of Sunday's election in the Maldives, which is widely seen as a referendum on the country's democracy. Fox News, "The Latest: Official: Campaign office raided in bribery case," 22 Sep. 2018 The request set off a war between the two men, forcing council members to choose sides and even prompting Councilman Wendell Young to accuse the mayor of bribery and suggest a recall be added to the city's charter. Sharon Coolidge,, "Cranley email surfaces, describes profanity-laden call from Harry Black," 24 Apr. 2018 South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, Tanzania’s John Magufuli and Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo have also encouraged the prosecution of corrupt officials and criticized citizens for normalizing a culture of bribery., "Bribes Lose Their Fizz as Angolan Leader Fights Corruption," 17 Apr. 2018 Last September, Montgomery decommitted from Auburn when FBI investigations into Auburn assistant Chuck Person for bribery went public. Nihal Kolur,, "5-Star Forward E.J. Montgomery Commits to Kentucky," 9 Apr. 2018 Gilbert and Connors are also charged with the substantive offense of bribery related to federal programs. Leada Gore,, "Bribery charges rock Alabama's political landscape: What we know today," 3 Apr. 2018 But in a 204-page FBI affidavit laying out the scope of Singer's scam, the first allegation of bribery comes in 2008, less than two months after The Key was incorporated. Gregory Korte, USA Today, "The rise of Rick Singer: How the mastermind of college admissions scandal built an empire on lies, exploited a broken system," 19 June 2019 In 2006, a federal jury convicted Siegelman of bribery for appointing HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy to a state hospital board in exchange for Scrushy arranging $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman’s campaign for a state lottery in 1999. Mike Cason |,, "Judge approves early end to former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman’s probation," 14 June 2019

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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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