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 Jose Luis De Jongh Atencio, a former procurement officer and manager for Citgo, pleaded guilty in March for his role in a bribery scheme. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Citgo Looks to Bolster Corporate Governance With New Compliance Chief," 23 Apr. 2021 Last year, Commonwealth Edison Company, an Illinois utility, agreed in one such deal to pay a $200 million fine to settle a federal probe into a bribery scheme involving then-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "FirstEnergy Corp. expects to pay financial penalty to resolve House Bill 6 bribery investigation," 23 Apr. 2021 Whaley's announcement includes video of Larry Householder, the Republican speaker of Ohio's House of Representatives, who was arrested in 2020 on charges connected to a $60 million bribery scheme. Dan Merica, CNN, "Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley enters Ohio gubernatorial contest with focus on corruption," 19 Apr. 2021 Ho was indicted and convicted for his role in a global money laundering and bribery scheme. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "DOJ-targeted Hunter Biden twists US intelligence on emails into false 'Russian operation' narrative," 17 Apr. 2021 In 2010, Feuerstein also sentenced a former Nassau County legislator accused in a bribery scheme to 18 months in prison for tax evasion. Washington Post, "Federal judge killed by hit-and-run driver found with drugs after claiming to be ‘Harry Potter,’ police said," 12 Apr. 2021 Three weeks after Israel’s fourth parliamentary election in two years, Mr Netanyahu, who is on trial for bribery and fraud, still lacks a majority to form a new government. The Economist, "Not your average blackout Israel apparently strikes an Iranian nuclear facility—again," 12 Apr. 2021 Gunvor is one of several major commodities traders to have come under investigation by authorities in the U.S. and elsewhere for possible bribery, corruption, and—at times—for possibly manipulating commodities markets. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Former Gunvor Employee Pleads Guilty in Ecuadorean Bribery Scheme," 7 Apr. 2021 After serving as a federal judge for nearly a decade, Hastings was impeached by the House of Representatives and convicted by the Senate for bribery and perjury. Ashlee Banks, Essence, "Longtime Congressman Alcee Hastings Dies at 84," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Bribery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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