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.
Recent Examples on the Web The de facto leader of the manufacturing conglomerate Samsung, received a presidential pardon Friday, wiping the billionaire scion’s criminal record clean after a massive bribery scandal that ignited nationwide protests in 2017. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2022 Adams for months pushed the attorneys to provide more information about the scope and scale of the bribery scandal. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 27 July 2022 López's international business connections came under scrutiny last year after two investigative news reports revealed his company received about $35,000 connected to a massive international bribery scandal. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 12 July 2022 Salt Lake City's 2002 Winter Olympics after a bribery scandal. Sam Metz,, 26 June 2022 Commonwealth Edison electricity customers would get more than $38 million in refunds tied to the federal bribery scandal that led to former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s indictment, under a proposal being considered by state regulators. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2022 The 2019 Varsity Blues admissions bribery scandal showed how far some rich parents will go to give their children an unfair advantage. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, 1 June 2022 Glencore investors don’t seem troubled by the bribery scandal. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 26 May 2022 FirstEnergy is the subject of an ongoing FBI probe over a $60 million bribery scandal in which the company essentially bought seats in the state legislature to funnel itself a $1 billion bailout. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bribery

1560, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bribery was in 1560

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15 Aug 2022

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“Bribery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for bribery


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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