from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or practice of offering, giving, or taking a bribe.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Theft; robbery; extortion; rapacity.
  • noun The act or practice of giving or taking a bribe, or of influencing or being influenced by a bribe or bribes; especially, the act of paying or receiving, or of agreeing to pay or receive, a reward other than legal compensation for the exercise of official or delegated power irrespective of the dictates of duty, or for a false judgment or testimony, or for the performance of that which is known to be illegal or unjust.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Robbery; extortion.
  • noun The act or practice of giving or taking bribes; the act of influencing the official or political action of another by corrupt inducements.
  • noun [Eng.] an oath taken by a person that he has not been bribed as to voting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the making of illegal payment, or bribes, to persons in official positions as a means of influencing their decisions
  • noun law the activity of giving, offering or accepting bribes

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage


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