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

Trump has a slew of legal woes, including lawsuits accusing him of violating the anti-bribery emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments at his hotels and other properties. Bernard Condon, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit: Trump misled investors in money-losing company," 29 Oct. 2018 Robinson, a Democrat who served in Alabama's House of Representatives from 1998 to 2016, pleaded guilty in 2017 to charges of conspiracy, bribery, fraud, and tax evasion. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Coal company executive and lawyer convicted of bribing Alabama lawmaker [Updated]," 24 July 2018 Dawkins, a sports agent who was among eight men indicted in the FBI's case, is facing charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit bribery. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Pitino's attorney says Louisville has 'no facts' to support firing him," 11 July 2018 The allegations encompass bribery, influence-peddling, and exchanging regulatory favors for positive media coverage. Matthew Campbell,, "Benjamin Netanyahu Could Be Heading for a Fifth Term. Or to Court," 14 June 2018 Gruenemeier asked the court to add counts of bribery, forgery and perjury to the case and to consider forwarding evidence to criminal prosecutors. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Goodyear homeowners battle company over black-mold removal," 16 May 2018 Vitol and Glencore struck deals with middlemen who were part of a network shown in Brazilian court documents to have drawn up bribery schemes, Global Witness alleges. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Anticorruption Group Accuses Top Commodities Firms of Engaging Risky Middlemen," 8 Nov. 2018 Norton, who lobbied on Johnson's behalf, was accused of facilitating the bribery scheme and assisting in the real estate transaction. Fox News, "US drops bribery case against ex-Arizona utility regulator," 8 Aug. 2018 In a 485-page decision, Judge Kaplan rebuked Mr. Donziger for engaging in judicial bribery, coercion, witness tampering and hiring of an American consulting firm to ghostwrite an expert’s reports, among other offenses against legal ethics. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Steven Donziger Gets His Due," 13 July 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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