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 A week after the March 3 crash, Dennard was arrested on federal charges of bribery. Sharon Coolidge,, "New twist in mysterious Tamaya Dennard-related car crash," 12 May 2020 Lori and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of bribery in the college admissions scandal last year. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Fuller House' Star Dave Coulier Finally Breaks His Silence on Lori Loughlin Scandal," 7 May 2020 Mike Feuer recently returned $12,000 in political donations raised for him by former planning commissioner Justin Kim, who has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of bribery. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, "L.A.'s politicians took his campaign donations. Then he admitted arranging a bribe," 30 Apr. 2020 Former employees of British grocery chain Tesco PLC and metalworking technology company Sarclad Ltd. were also acquitted following prosecution by the agency over allegations of bribery. Adriano Marchese And Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Former Barclays Executives Acquitted of Fraud Charges Dating Back to 2008 Financial Crisis," 28 Feb. 2020 Democrats now argue that this is bribery, and that foreign aide should not serve domestic political interest. John Kass,, "Column: Adam Schiff plays the hero in Trump Impeachment Theater farce," 14 Nov. 2019 Netanyahu, who is accused of trading lucrative favors for gifts and positive press coverage in dealings with Israeli media moguls, is set to stand trial beginning May 24 on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. David M. Halbfinger,, "He indicted Netanyahu but sees no reason to bar him from office," 30 Apr. 2020 Netanyahu’s trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust is scheduled to open in May. Noga Tarnopolsky, Los Angeles Times, "Israel’s ‘magician’ clings to power in a nation weary of politics, leery of coronavirus," 23 Apr. 2020 In November, Netanyahu was indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. NBC News, "Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz reach agreement to form unity government in Israel," 20 Apr. 2020

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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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18 May 2020

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“Bribery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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