American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Something, such as money or a favor, offered or given to a person in a position of trust to influence that person's views or conduct.
- n. Something serving to influence or persuade.
- v. To give, offer, or promise a bribe to.
- v. To give, offer, or promise bribes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gift begged; a present.
- n. A gift or gratuity bestowed for the purpose of influencing the action or conduct of the receiver; especially, money or any valuable consideration given or promised for the betrayal of a trust or the corrupt performance of an allotted duty, as to a fiduciary agent, a judge, legislator, or other public officer, a witness, a voter, etc.
- n. Anything that seduces: as, the bribes offered by glory or power.
- To steal.
- To give or promise a reward or consideration to for acting contrary to desire or duty; induce to a certain course of action by the gift or offer of something of value; gain over or corrupt by a bribe.
- To steal.
- To practise bribery; give a bribe to a person.
- n. Something (usually money) given in exchange for influence or as an inducement to dishonesty.
- v. transitive To give a bribe to.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A gift begged; a present.
- n. A price, reward, gift, or favor bestowed or promised with a view to prevent the judgment or corrupt the conduct of a judge, witness, voter, or other person in a position of trust.
- n. That which seduces; seduction; allurement.
- v. obsolete To rob or steal.
- v. To give or promise a reward or consideration to (a judge, juror, legislator, voter, or other person in a position of trust) with a view to prevent the judgment or corrupt the conduct; to induce or influence by a bribe; to give a bribe to.
- v. To gain by a bribe; of induce as by a bribe.
- v. obsolete To commit robbery or theft.
- v. To give a bribe to a person; to pervert the judgment or corrupt the action of a person in a position of trust, by some gift or promise.
- v. make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
- n. payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment
- Middle English, from Old French, piece of bread given as alms. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Whether a reward conferred for obedience shall operate as a bribe, or rather as a price paid -- for a _bribe_, strictly speaking, is a price paid, not for doing right, but for doing wrong -- depends sometimes on very slight differences in the management of the particular case -- differences which an undiscriminating mother will not be very ready to appreciate.”
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“Prosecutors said the defendants knew they were breaking the law when they agreed to pay the $1.5 million "commission" to the official, even if the word "bribe" wasn't mentioned.”
“A bribe is a bribe is a bribe is a political payoff!”
“Kurtzer, who was an Obama adviser during the elections, said it was a mistake to offer Israel what he called a bribe for a mere three-month suspension of settlement activities.”
“This guy actually made what he called a bribe list on a napkin.”
“A spokesperson for Mr. Farkas said, Mr. Paladino's allegation that Andrew Farkas, or any Farkas-related entity, ever paid Andrew Cuomo a 'bribe' is a pure fabrication.”
“Not reporting to the IRS the $96,000 in bribe/hush money.”
“An elected public servant who takes a bribe is undermining our democratic institutions.”
“Nelson received $45 million in bribe money for his State to swing his vote doesn't anyone else find this criminal and IMPEACHABLE?”
“But, that's not good enough for them, so they're spending $1.4 million a day (of their insureds premiums) to "lobby" (I call it bribe) Congress.”
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