brib·ery | \ˈbrī-b(ə-)rē \
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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The previous chief procurement officer, Adam Smith, in April was ordered to report to a North Carolina federal prison to begin serving a 27-month sentence for his role in a City Hall bribery scheme. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Atlanta mayor counters idea of state takeover of airport," 25 June 2018 Israeli police have already recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases., "Wife of Benjamin Netanyahu charged with fraud, breach of trust," 21 June 2018 The second reason, Florio said, was to protect itself from any future NCAA ruling on the alleged pay-for-play bribery scheme that ensnared the men’s basketball program. Chris White, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville board of trustees hostile to fans, says attorney suing NCAA," 2 June 2018 According to Colombian news reports, Moreno has pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme in his country and cooperated with Colombian officials. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "He was Colombia's anti-corruption chief. Now, he's facing bribery charges in Miami.," 19 May 2018 Those interviews with Maleson helped French authorities understand payments that are now believed to be part of the bribery scheme. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "From Boston, Witness in Rio Olympics Bribery Case Has His Day in Court," 17 May 2018 In 2016, Putin blamed Vekselberg for a bribery scheme that took its kickbacks from a part of Russia’s heating infrastructure, nearly leaving 80,000 people in the city of Vorkuta without power. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Viktor Vekselberg, the man at the center of the week’s biggest Trump-Russia news, explained," 11 May 2018 In January, as part of a deal reached with federal prosecutors, former Markham Mayor David Webb pleaded guilty for his role in what prosecutors allege was a $300,000 bribery scheme to defraud the south suburb and its residents for his own benefit. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Feds seek records from Hazel Crest district on board president, company that built 2 schools," 28 Apr. 2018 After two years undercover, the FBI found members of top NCAA basketball programs involved in corrupt bribery schemes. Jesse Newell And Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "What does FBI probe now mean for KU? | The Kansas City Star," 12 Apr. 2018

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1549, in the meaning defined above

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brib·ery | \ˈbrī-bə-rē \
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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