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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and the apparent heir to the entire chaebol, Jay Y. Lee, was released from prison in February after winning an appeal following his conviction of perjury, embezzlement, and bribery. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Samsung," 26 Dec. 2018 Impeachment is written into the constitution as a way to remove elected officials who are guilty of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Will Actually Happen to Trump?," 19 Dec. 2018 Jho Low, who has been charged in the U.S. with bribery and money laundering, is believed to be in China. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Goldman Sachs Ignored 1MDB Warning Signs in Pursuit of Asian Business," 17 Dec. 2018 Federal prosecutors released a 44-count indictment Wednesday charging Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox and associate Paige Carter-Smith with bribery, racketeering, bank fraud, extortion and other crimes. Brendan Farrington, The Seattle Times, "FBI probe leads to charges against Florida city commissioner," 12 Dec. 2018 With college basketball reeling from scandal, an independent NCAA task force has called for widespread reform of a game that has become a multibillion-dollar business fraught with bribery and fraud. David Wharton,, "Commission on College Basketball calls for reforms on one-and-dones, undrafted players," 25 Apr. 2018 The guard, Victor Casado, 35, of the Bronx, was charged with bribery, honest services fraud and other counts. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "In Jail, a $45,000 Bribe Buys a Cellphone, Alcohol and Vitamin C, Prosecutors Say," 5 Apr. 2018 Rafael Lizak, 28, of Chicago, was charged in a three-count indictment made public Friday with bribery and conspiring to provide contraband to inmates at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a high-rise jail on West Van Buren Street. Jason Meisner,, "Federal jail guard charged in alleged scheme to help Latin Kings honcho smuggle drugs, cellphones," 23 Mar. 2018 Police said there was sufficient evidence to charge both Milchan and Mozes with bribery. Time, "Israeli Police Have Called for Corruption Charges Against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu," 14 Feb. 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 \
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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