from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Money or some other benefit given to a person in power, especially a public official, in an effort to cause the person to take a particular action.
- noun Something offered to induce another to do something.
- intransitive verb To give, offer, or promise a bribe to.
- intransitive verb To give, offer, or promise bribes.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A gift begged; a present.
- noun 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.
- noun 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete A gift begged; a present.
- noun 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.
- noun That which seduces; seduction; allurement.
- transitive verb obsolete To rob or steal.
- transitive verb 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.
- transitive verb To gain by a bribe; of induce as by a bribe.
- intransitive verb obsolete To commit robbery or theft.
- intransitive verb 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Something (usually
money) given in exchangefor influenceor as an inducementto dishonesty.
- verb transitive To give a
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
- noun payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
Gentle Measures in the Management and Training of the Young Or, the Principles on Which a Firm Parental Authority May Be Established and Maintained, Without Violence or Anger, and the Right Development of the Moral and Mental Capacities Be Promoted by Methods in Harmony with the Structure and the Characteristics of the Juvenile Mind Jacob Abbott 1841
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.
Jury Clears Two Businessmen in 'Sting' Case on Bribery Christopher M. Matthews 2012
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.
Daoud Kuttab: 2010 Was a Year of Mixed Blessings for Palestinians Daoud Kuttab 2010
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.
Buffalo Native Makes It a Street Fight Jacob Gershman 2010
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.
Not reporting to the IRS the $96,000 in bribe/hush money.